Parents and guests of the 1st Carnoustie Boys’ Brigade enjoyed a marvellous end of year joint display at their hall last Friday evening.
The boys from the Anchor Section, Junior Section and Company Section put on a display of marching, first aid, team games and pyramids for the packed audience in the Maule Street premises.
The inspecting officer for the evening was the Police Scotland Divisional Commander for Angus, Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, who said that he was very proud to be asked to officiate over such a great display by the boys.
The occasion was made extra special by the unveiling of a one metre high wooden anchor which was handcrafted by the boys and officers of the company in memory of one of the company’s captains, Mr Ian Burns, who died last year.
His widow, Mrs Shiela Burns, had been invited along to the event.
The anchor was unveiled and dedicated by the Rev. Mike Goss.
When Mr Burns died last year, Sheila donated a sum of money to the company and the boys decided that it would be a fitting tribute to make an anchor to take pride of place in their hall in memory of Mr Burns who was a popular figure.
Over several weeks, the senior boys, Jack Mulholland, Craig Knight, Jack Garrigan and Adam Kleppang along with officers Neil Morrison, Cameron Morrison, Scott Ferguson and Christopher Ferrier hand crafted the 1.2 metre high anchor from plywood.
A basic anchor shape was first cut out and then all the parts that go to make up the traditional BB emblem were hand cut, painted and then fixed in to place on the anchor shaped background.
The anchor was then mounted several metres up above the stage within the hall and now has pride of place for all to admire.
Mrs Burns unveiled the anchor in front of all the boys and the gathered audience during the opening ceremony. She commented: “The anchor is perfect, Ian would be so proud. The detail in it is amazing.”
Mr Goss also carried out the opening and closing services.
The evening also saw the boys presented with the main awards by Mrs Milne and Chief Inspector Milne presented Corporal Adam Kleppang with his President’s badge, the second highest award in the Boys’ Brigade.