Coldstreamer James follows dad

Principals for 2015, Right Hand man Jamie Nicolson, Coldstreamer James Balmbro and Left Hand man Colin leifer

Principals for 2015, Right Hand man Jamie Nicolson, Coldstreamer James Balmbro and Left Hand man Colin leifer

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This year’s Coldstreamer is James Balmbro, following in the footsteps of his dad, Derek, who led the town’s Civic Week celebrations in 1985.

By his side will be his Right and Left-Hand Men, Jamie Nicholson and Colin Leifer.

James received the Coldstreamer’s sash from Presenting Coldstream chairman Iain Dickson at a well-attended ceremony in the town’s Henderson Park.

A highlight of his term of office will be leading a cavalcade of more than 300 to the Flodden battlefield at Branxton where tribute is paid to the dead of both nations.

Last year’s Left-Hand Man, Grant Campbell, having completed his three-year term as part of the principal’s party and stepped down, joined the ranks of the Ex-Coldstreamers. His post as Left-Hand Man was taken by 2014 Coldstreamer Colin Leifer and Coldstreamer-in-training Jamie Nicholson was introduced as Right-Hand Man.

James said that it was an honour and a privilege for him, having taken part in Civic Week for as long as he could remember. It had been a lifelong ambition of his to follow in the footsteps of all the Coldstreamers who had gone before, and he promised to grasp the opportunity he had been given with both hands and would endeavour to do his family, friends, the Ex-Coldstreamers and the town proud.

His father, Derek, added: “It was an extremely proud moment to see my son installed as Coldstreamer 30 years after I was afforded the same honour. I always hoped that some day James would have the opportunity to become Coldstreamer and represent this great town of ours throughout the Borders – and that wish has been granted.”