Fort William Boys Brigade company hosts special Covid-secure service

Top row, from left - Diego Watson, Kalen MacLeod and Keiran Mathieson, with bottom row, from left - Lewis Colyer and Logan Knox. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F45 BB AWARDS Junior
Top row, from left - Diego Watson, Kalen MacLeod and Keiran Mathieson, with bottom row, from left - Lewis Colyer and Logan Knox. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F45 BB AWARDS Junior

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Members of the 2nd Fort William Company of the Boys Brigade were honoured at a special service in the Duncansburgh Macintosh Church on Friday evening, held within the strict Covid regulations governing religious services.

Reverend Richard Baxter welcomed the small group of officers, boys and parents, and
conducted them in the BB hymn, Let Your Anchor Hold in the Storm of Life, with
everyone joining in using actions only to the accompany the music as singing is not
at present allowed.

He then handed over to Captain Ian Fleming who gave an outline of the much
reduced activities of the Company throughout the year before announcing the
names of award winners and inviting them to individually pick up their certificates
badges and trophies which were displayed at the front of the church.

Three Queens Badges, the highest award achievable in the Boys Brigade, were
received by Josh Higginson, JayJay Calder and Daniel Turner, who each also
featured in gaining various other Company Section awards, along with Robert
McTaggart who won the coveted Duncansburgh Cup.

The best Anchor Boy was Kalen Macleod and the Best Junior Section boy, Keiran
Boyd (who could not be present) amongst other award winners.

Newly awarded Queens Men, from left - Josh Higginson, JayJay Calder and Daniel Turner with Duncansburgh Cup winner Robert MacTaggart. Photograph:- Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F45 BB QUEENS MEN +Cup
Newly awarded Queens Men, from left – Josh Higginson, JayJay Calder and Daniel Turner with Duncansburgh Cup winner Robert MacTaggart. Photograph:- Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

Former Captain Andrew Muirhead, who is retiring from the Company, was also
honoured with a show of pictures projected on to a large screen, marking his
association with the organisation for more than half a century.

Tomorrow (Friday) evening the Company will meet under strict Covid restrictions on
an Armistice theme. The boys have been asked to bring along red and black
garments, the intention being to construct a very large poppy on the floor of the
Church Hall.