MEMBERS of the 1st Viewpark Boys’ Brigade recently took part in an adventurous trip to Switzerland to perform in the country’s national day of celebration.
The group’s pipe band had the honour of performing at the Swiss National Day in Adelboden and took part in a parade around the town.
The trip also allowed the boys to indulge in some fun, and they did just that - visiting a waterpark and taking a trip up to the highest point in Europe, the Eiger to visit the ice palace and an adventure park.
The boys funded the trip by doing car washes at the church, bag packing in supermarkets, and they also held two ceilidhs, a quiz night and a Status Quo tribute night.
In addition, they took part in a sponsored cycle in the church hall on exercise bikes - and ‘cycled’ from Viewpark to Adelboden.
The pipe band boosted the fundraising efforts by attending local summer fayres with buckets to raise funds.
A spokesman for the group said: “There was help from many local shops and businesses and all the parents.
“In total they helped raise over £5,000 to fund the trip.”
He added: “A very big thank you has to go to Tunnocks, The Myrtle Tree Cafe and Slaters who between them provided T-shirts, fleece jackets and waterproof pac-a-macs for the group to wear with the 1st Viewpark Boys’ Brigade logo on them so the boys can be recognised when away.
“The boys and girls have been invited back to take part in the national day again after making a huge impression on the organisers. They hope to return in two years time to do it all again.”