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Mon­k­lands’ BB mem­bers pre­sented with high­est award

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Mon­k­lands mem­bers of the Boys’ Brigade cel­e­brated a crown­ing achieve­ment as they were pre­sented with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s high­est award.

A to­tal of 22 young men from the Air­drie, Coat­bridge and district bat­tal­ion re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Queen’s Badge at the move­ment’s La­nark­shire District Fel­low­ship pre­sen­ta­tion evening.

Can­di­dates work to­wards the hon­our over two years, com­plet­ing chal­lenges in­clud­ing at least 60 hours of vol­un­teer­ing in both the church and com­mu­nity, plus phys­i­cal train­ing, de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­est, un­der­tak­ing an ex­pe­di­tion and at­tend­ing two res­i­den­tial cour­ses.

Queen’ s Badges were awarded to 1st Coat­bridge mem­bers Gra­ham Ar­buckle, Robert Bal­lan­tyne, Alis­tair Peat, Ewan Ross, David Ste­wart, Scott Thom­son; Lewis Gibson and James Reid of 7th Coat­bridge, Aaron Mel­rose of 10th Coat­bridge and Scott An­der­son of 15th Coat­bridge.

Also pre­sented with the pres­ti­gious hon­our were 3rd Air­drie mem­bers Cameron Mac­Don­ald, Cal­lum McDon­ald and Greg McPake; Scott Bal­lan­tyne and Adam Con­nor of 1st Air­drie; Scott Wadding­ton of 2nd Air­drie; Craig Trues­dale of 6th/7th Air­drie; and 8th Air­drie mem­ber Jonathan Hig­gins.

Iain Bell and Sam Shanks of 1st New Mon­k­land also both achieved the Queen’s Badge; as did Ben Ham­mond and Dean McDon­ald of 1st View­park, which is in­cluded within the Air­drie, Coat­bridge and district bat­tal­ion.

The Mon­k­lands awardees were among 71 La­nark­shire mem­bers hon­oured at the cer­e­mony in Car­luke, in which the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s new “Queen’s Men” pa­raded through the town’s streets, led by the brigade’s Wishaw and district band.

Cer­tifi­cates were pre­sented by John Sharp, per­form­ing his first of­fi­cial en­gage­ment since be­com­ing the new di­rec­tor for Scot­land for the Boys’ Brigade; with of­fi­cials high­light­ing that the award re­cip­i­ents’ com­bined vol­un­teer­ing amounted to nearly 6400 hours of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

La­nark­shire Fel­low­ship chair­man David Sned­don said: “All of the young men are to be warmly con­grat­u­lated, and it was my privilege to share in the recog­ni­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of their achieve­ment.

“To gain the Queen’s Badge, young peo­ple must show com­mit­ment and re­silience. This event is a high­light in the La­nark­shire Boys’ Brigade cal­en­dar.”

Pa­rade ad­ju­tant Robert Cun­ning­ham added: “Achiev­ing the Queen’s Badge says a lot about the young men who work to­wards it and recog­nise its im­por­tance.”

For more de­tails on lo­cal Boys’ Brigade com­pa­nies, who ac­cept mem­bers aged be­tween five and 18, visit http:// boys- brigade. org. uk/com­pany-finder/

It’s a privilege to share in this cel­e­bra­tion

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