Bridlington Boys’ Brigade members receive Queen’s message

The Boys' Brigade parade at the National Railway Museum.

The Boys' Brigade parade at the National Railway Museum.

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A MESSAGE from Her Majesty the Queen was handed over to the Yorkshire battalion of the Boys’ Brigade at a parade.

First Bridlington Boys’ Company were present at the parade on Friday August 31 to participate in the handing over of the message, which is being transported in a sealed baton to London for the Boys’ Brigade annual meeting.

The baton, which was first used by the Boys’ Brigade in 1935 to transport a message to King George V, came to the National Railway Museum, York, after making its way from Ireland, Scotland and the north of England, where it was handed over to Yorkshire Battalion which includes the Bridlington brigade.

The message will be read at the meeting on Saturday September 15, and is a response to greetings sent by the brigade to the Queen to mark the diamond jubilee.

Captain of the Bridlington company, Anthony Found, said: “The challenge was the baton had to travel by as many different types of transport over the UK.

“The best bit I think was the fellowship and the recognition that it had been through so many different hands before it got to us.

“It was an historic moment because the Queen will not be having another jubilee in our life time and it was a momentous moment.”

The parade involved vintage transport, including the 2ft gauge steam locomotive, Lilla and John Knapton’s vintage steam roller, City of York, on which members of the brigade transported the baton in a relay, culminating at York Minster where it was handed on for its onward journey to Market Weighton, Leeds and Manchester.

The colour party from the Bridlington company were: Colour sergeant, Daniel Kay, colour escorts Ryan Richards, Rhys Richards, Jordon Harrison, brigade secretary, Eric Hudson and battalion president, Mike Dixon.

Mr Found and officer Mrs Lyall were also present, as well as Pauline Jones.

First Bridlington Boys’ Company meet every Thursday at Christ Church on Quay Road, Bridlington, during term time.