Soldier set to parade in front of the Queen

Forfar trainee guardsman Kevin Gibb of the Scots Guards has a date with Royalty when he takes part in the Queens' Royal Jubilee Parade in London. The former pupil of Wellbrae and Forfar Academy is home on leave as he prepares to head for the capital for the memorable occasion. His parents, Audrey and Lindsay, will be 'glued to the box' as the Queen takes the Royal salute.
Forfar trainee guardsman Kevin Gibb of the Scots Guards has a date with Royalty when he takes part in the Queens' Royal Jubilee Parade in London. The former pupil of Wellbrae and Forfar Academy is home on leave as he prepares to head for the capital for the memorable occasion. His parents, Audrey and Lindsay, will be 'glued to the box' as the Queen takes the Royal salute.

A FORFAR couple will be glued to their televsion sets as celebrations begin for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee - for their son has been chosen as one of two from his platoon to parade in front of the Queen as she takes the Royal salute to mark her 60 year reign.

Audrey and Lindsay Gibb of Queen Margaret’s Gait will watch with pride as their only son, trainee guardsman Kevin, marches in the London parade later this month.

Kevin is completing his basic training with the Scots Guards at Catterick, fulfilling his life-time dream of becoming a soldier.

The former pupil at Wellbrae Primary and Forfar Academy is a great advertisement for Army life, describing it as being better than he could ever have imagined.

So enthused is he by his experiences to date that he is a great advocate for bringing back National Service.

He is keen to go back to Forfar Academy to pass on his experience to pupils at the school and to channel his enthusiasm into those considering an Army career.

Currently home on leave, he spoke of his pride at being chosen as one of only two from his platoon to take part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London.

Although still waiting final briefings on his return to his barracks, he said it was a “chance of a lifetime” for which he is extremely proud.

After completing a course for Access to Uniformed Services at Angus College, Kevin joined the Scots Guards on January 22 where he is currently completing his basic training.

He said: “I have always wanted to do this. I will be marching past the Queen although at the moment I’m not too sure where, it could be Windsor Castle.

“Our platoon was chosen to take part in the parade. There was a list of names read out by the Platoon Sergeant and we had to stand outside his office. I wondered what had happened!

“I am proud that I was chosen as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Once he has completed his training Kevin will then join F Company in London where he will be on duty outside Buckingham Palace.

After that he will return to his Battalion and will then serve “wherever needed”.

He concluded: “Army life is better than I thought it ever would be. It has got me focused and I think National Service should be brought back in to sort people out.

“I think it would stop a lot of crime for those aged between 16 and 21. Instead of sending them to jail they could do six months National Service.”