Char­lie’s ded­i­ca­tion hon­oured

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang man who has ded­i­cated his life to the Boys’ Brigade has been hon­oured along­side two mem­bers of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion.

Char­lie Black first joined the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 1936 as a Life Boy, and 80 years later he is still an of­fi­cer in the 217th Gil­bert­field Com­pany.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 2, he was hon­oured by the com­pany, along­side An­drew McKenna, 19, and Fraser Kennedy, 18, who re­ceived their Queen’s Badge cer­tifi­cates, and Kyle Wil­liamson, 15, and Jor­dan Lisco, 16, who re­ceived their Pres­i­dent’s Badge.

The com­pany gath­ered at Flem­ing­ton Hall­side Church for the ser­vice, with com­pany captain Ken­neth Dun­can speak­ing about Char­lie’s con­tri­bu­tion.

Dur­ing his 80 years, Char­lie has been a boy, of­fi­cer, captain and hon­orary captain.

He took a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in drum­ming in the bu­gle band and was a mem­ber of the 217th band who won the Glas­gow Cham­pi­onship in 1951.

In 1990, when the band was re­vived, Char­lie was still a mem­ber and helped them win the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship in 2001.

His other great pas­sion was camp­ing, and his BB ca­reer has seen him travel to the likes of Eng­land, Ire­land, the Chan­nel Is­lands and the Isle of Man.

Also hon­our­ing Char­lie were Wil­liam Thom­son, pres­i­dent of the Hamil­ton and Dis­trict Bat­tal­ion who ap­pointed him hon­orary vice- pres­i­dent of the Bat­tal­ion.

Char­lie was pre­sented with a me­mento from the com­pany in the shape of com­mem­o­ra­tive bowl and a cer­tifi­cate from the bat­tal­ion.

Speak­ing to the Re­former, Char­lie said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had changed greatly dur­ing his time: “When I started we were av­er­ag­ing 60 boys.

“Un­for­tu­nately, in this day and age there’s so much more for boys to do with re­gards to com­put­ers and things like that.

“But the BB still has a place as a Chris­tian or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“It’s been a great 80 years, I’ve ded­i­cated my life to the BB and I’ve thor­oughly en­joyed every part of it.”

Ear­lier in the ser­vice, Cathkin pupils Kyle and Jor­dan had re­ceived their Pres­i­dent’s Badges from David Sned­don, chair­man of the Scot­land com­mit­tee and vice-pres­i­dent of the Hamil­ton and Dis­trict Bat­tal­ion.

He also pre­sented An­drew and Fraser, who are both stu­dents, with their Queen’s cer­tifi­cates. The pair had pre­vi­ously re­ceived their badge at a cer­e­mony in Mother­well dur­ing the sum­mer.

Mr Sned­don praised the boys for their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion and en­cour­aged them to stay with the com­pany so they could pass on their knowl­edge to younger mem­bers.

Char­lie was de­lighted to share the mo­ment with the boys: “It brings great pride. Two years back we had an­other two boys also got the Queen’s badge.

“The com­pany has been go­ing 92 years and we are still here. Of course we have a fine min­is­ter in Neil Glover, he’s a grand fel­low.”

Glenn Jamieson, of­fi­cer in charge of the ju­nior sec­tion, said: “We must con­grat­u­late the boys and Char­lie for all ded­i­ca­tion they have given to the com­pany.”

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