A busy year was reported at the Tayside Branch Royal Artillery Association annual general meeting on Friday, not least the distinction presided over member Tony Edney for 40 years of outstanding service.
Those attending the meeting recapped over the many military events the members supported and participated in throughout 2014: Anzac Day Parade in Arbroath, Armed Forces Day Parades in Arbroath, Forfar and Edinburgh, Remembrance Sunday Parades in Arbroath, Carnoustie, Stonehaven, Fort William and Spean Bridge.
On the social side members, wives and guests attended the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, travelled to Blackpool for the National Royal Artillery Association annual meeting and enjoyed a fund raising night at the races with the assistance of the ladies from Ladbrokes.
The annual dinner was held at the Portcullis and proved a very convivial evening. The Branch also raised £700.60 on behalf of Clic Sargent, to be used to support the Clic Villa Edinburgh and a further donation of £120 was also made to the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund.
The year was also particularly special as founder member of the Tayside Branch Royal Artillery Association, Mr Edney, was recently presented with the Catherine Cockwell Memorial Medal by Col JAB Kinloch RA (V) (Retd), Scottish Regional Chairman, to mark his dedication to the RA. Members heard how Tony had spent almost 40 years as a gunner, firstly as a regular soldier, then Territorial Army member with 212 Battery Royal Artillery in Arbroath and latterly adult leader with the Army Cadet Force, and has been a strong supporter of the Branch ever since, taking responsibility for fundraising and assisting with social functions within Tayside Branch.
The committee for 2015 was confirmed: Chair - David Findlay (David Campbell standing down); Secretary - Ewan Johnstone; Treasurer - Iain Johnstone; Welfare - George Ritchie; Standard Bearer - David Lindsay; Entertainments - Tom Garden (John Robb standing down).