Boys help deliver Queen’s message

Matthew Fagerson of the 1st Kirriemuir B.B. Company (far right) is pictured with the silver baton along with two members of the B.B.'s from Newport and Jordan Lovegrove and Duncan Gillies of the 2nd Forfar B.B. Company.
Matthew Fagerson of the 1st Kirriemuir B.B. Company (far right) is pictured with the silver baton along with two members of the B.B.'s from Newport and Jordan Lovegrove and Duncan Gillies of the 2nd Forfar B.B. Company.

MEMBERS of the Boys’ Brigade companies in Forfar and Kirriemuir played an important role last week in transporting a special diamond jubilee message from Her Majesty the Queen from Balmoral Castle to London.

Matthew Fagerson of the 1st Kirriemuir B.B. Company, accompanied by Captain Pat Ritchie, met up with Jordan Lovegrove, Duncan Gillies and Captain Irene Duthie of the 2nd Forfar B.B. Company for a novel journey to Dundee as part of a relay event transporting a silver baton containing the message.

The local contingent called in the services of a milk float from the North Street Dairy.

The message was encased in a silver baton which was being passed from Balmoral Castle to all battalions throughout Scotland to reach the Brigade Council meeting in London on September 15.

The Queen is the patron of the Boys’ Brigade and the various battalions were asked to find an unusual mode of transport.

The local contingent arranged for the milk float to drive the baton across the Tay Bridge to the Fife Battalion, before it sped off up the Tay on a speed boat. This follows on from the local companies’ involvement in marking the Queen’s diamond jubilee at the Glamis Gathering earlier this year when they took part in the spectacular Parade of Youth.