On Friday 6th November 120 boys and officers from across the Anchor, Junior and Company sections of the Company came together for special Centenary Launch Night in Dalziel High School. This was a night of games and activities including a giant 50 foot inflatable obstacle course [see photos], team games and relays, an xbox challenge on 5 big screens and a centenary quiz.
Over the weekend of 21st/22nd November the Company hosted a Centenary Dinner (21st Nov) for over 100 former members and guests. The night was a fitting tribute to 100 years of the Boys’ Brigade 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. The 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 BB.
On the Sunday morning over 170 boys, officers and former members paraded in the bright November sunshine 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 (5 former and 1 current) along Avon Street to cheering crowds waving flags and into St Mary’s. The service, led by 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.
Current BB 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 and 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”
The Centenary Session of 13th Motherwell Boys’ Brigade will continue with further events for the current members in 2016, culminating with the Centenary Camp in June 2016.