Galashiels veterans mark anniversary

Mike Hall, left, and Colonel Colin Hogg, at the VE Day commemoration in Galashiels. Photographs: Don Lees.
Mike Hall, left, and Colonel Colin Hogg, at the VE Day commemoration in Galashiels. Photographs: Don Lees.
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Several veterans of the Second World War marked the 72nd anniversary of the end of the conflict in Europe this week in Galashiels.

Colonel Colin Hogg laid a wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, watched by three men who recently received the French Legion D’Honour medal.

Jackie Webster at the service

Jackie Webster at the service

They were John Webster, 97, and George Coltman, 96 – who both served with the 6th Border Battalion of the KOSB, and Adam Kelly MBE, 95, who served in Normandy with the Royal Army Service Corps.

The service included a minute’s silence, during which the Galashiels War Memorial clock struck 11.

Michael Hall, honorary treasurer of the 6th Batallion KOSB, said: “We try to meet up once a year in May and it was good to see the three veterans at the service.

“Afterwards, we held our annual reunion in Quins Restaurant.”

Adam Kelly (with stick) and George Coltman (in wheelchair) at the VE Day commemoration in Galashiels.

Adam Kelly (with stick) and George Coltman (in wheelchair) at the VE Day commemoration in Galashiels.

● The Minden Day parade, which commemorates the King’s Own Scottish Borderers’ participation in the Battle of Minden in 1759, takes place in Berwick on Saturday, July 29, starting at 10am.

The parade includes bands, regular soldiers and veterans, with the salute being taken at the town hall.