Centenary year gets off to a busy start

The parade sets off from the cenotaph in Duchess of Hamilton Park.
The parade sets off from the cenotaph in Duchess of Hamilton Park.

Last month saw 13th Motherwell Boys’ Brigade Company enjoy an action packed start to its centenary session.

On Friday, November 6, 120 boys and officers from across the Anchor, Junior and Company sections came together for a special centenary launch night in Dalziel High.

This was a night of games and activities including a giant 50ft inflatable obstacle course, team games and relays, an Xbox challenge on five big screens and a centenary quiz.

On Saturday, November 21, over 100 former members and guests attended a centenary dinner.

The night was a fitting tribute to 100 years of the BB within St Mary’s Parish Church, which just last year celebrated its own centenary, and speakers included former chaplains, officers and guests from the Boys’ Brigade national organisation.

An exhibition of BB memorabilia and audio visual presentations from ‘then and now’ provided many opportunities for former members to trade stories and reminisce about their times within the organisation.

The next day over 170 boys, officers and former members participated in a Sunday parade from the cenotaph in the Duchess of Hamilton Park led by the 1st Largs BB Pipes and Drums band and a colour party of BB Captains (five former and one current) along Avon Street to cheering crowds waving flags and into St Mary’s.

The service, led by the Rev Arthur Barrie provided a meaningful thanksgiving for 100 years of the BB within the church and offered the opportunity for both the former and current members to re-dedicate themselves to the object of the Boys’ Brigade.

13th Motherwell captain Stewart Maxwell said: “The centenary events so far have been a fantastic way for both current and former members to mark their affinity with the organisation.

“The parade along Avon Street and into church for the centenary dedication service was a very special moment from my 32 years in the company.”

Further events for the current members will continue into 2016, culminating with the centenary camp in June.