Kilt first seen in Barry hits Canada

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Memories of a Carnoustie kilt presentation from the 1960s reign on, as the tartan is returned to the last remaining Seaforth Highlanders Regiment in Canada.

India born Robert (Bob) Mobbs was honoured with a kilt after running the Physical Training Cadre Course and battle training for the Queens Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) at Barry Buddon in 1967.

“It went very well and there was a grand celebration in the mess the night before he left, which was where he was presented with the kilt,” said his daughter Hazel Vansittart. Or as he writes in his autobiography he was “debagged and kilted with a Seaforth kilt.”

“Dad was educated at The Lawrence Royal Military School at Sanawar in the foothills of the Himalayas. When he had just turned 17 he achieved his ambition to join a Scots regiment, being C Coy. 1st Bn The Royal Scots Fusiliers and moved to Britain.”

Mr Mobbs mother’s family was from Fife and he was brought up in a section of the British community that fiercely upheld the traditions of Scotland.

He compiled a book of his memoirs. “He sadly died whilst lots of wonderful feedback was being received from the first batch of orders. Several remembered the kilt and how proud he was of it and all it stood for,” Hazel said.

Captain David Smith of the Cadet Instructors Cadre, who works with army cadets of the last surviving Seaforth Highlanders Regiment in Canada, was striving to outfit his cadets in genuine Seaforth uniform. Coincidentally a home was being sought for Bob Mobb’s kilt and it was donated to the Seaforth Highlanders cadets.

“My father would have experienced such joy and pride from this exchange. He was ever the champion of youth and the family have had the benefit of his gentle and unwavering encouragement in achieving all that we strive for.”