Black Watch annual dinner

MEMBERS of the Angus branch of The Black Watch Association are looking forward to the forthcoming El Alamein dinner.

The event is to be held in the Forfar branch headquarters of the Royal British Legion Scotland on Saturday, October 15.

In 1999, when the Angus branch was reconstituted, the first social event was a formal dinner.

This coincided with the anniversary of the Second World War’s Battle of El Alamein in North Africa, which commenced on October 23, 1942, and ended in victory for the Allies on November 4.

The 1st, 5th (Angus) and 7th (Fife) Batalions of The Black Watch, as part of the 51st Highland Division, played a significant role in the action, so the decision was taken to name the dinner in its honour.

An association spokesperson explained: “At that first dinner in 1999 in attendance were several veterans of that battle, who were also involved in the ensuing advance through North Africa, Sicily and all the way to overall victory in May 1945.

“Sadly, many of these members are no longer with us, while those who are left are too frail to attend the annual dinner.

“The focus this year will be on The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, which is currently being deployed for a second tour of Afghanistan.

“Our current members include veterans from every conflict and every posting involving The Black Watch since The Second World War – including Palestine, North Korea, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Cyprus, Hong Kong, British Guyana, Belize, Kosovo and Germany.

The spokesperson concluded: “We are always ready to welcome new members into the Angus branch and invite any serving or ex-Black Watch regular or member of the TA to get in touch and find out a little more of what we are about.”

The Angus branch members meet at the Strathmore TA Centre in Forfar on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is on Thursday, September 8.

For more details e-mail bwassociation@btinternetcom, tel: 07709971922 or pop along to the meeting on September 8.