Founder’s Day celebrated at Dryburgh Abbey

Mustering the colours at Dryburgh Abbey.
Mustering the colours at Dryburgh Abbey.

Royal British Legion clubs across the Borders joined with members of the armed forces and cadets at Dryburgh Abbey on Sunday for the annual Founder’s Day.

The service, which commemorates Earl Haig and his wife, who are both buried in the abbey grounds, and who founded the British Legion in 1921 to care for those who had suffered as a result of service in the Armed Forces during the Great War.

Piper Ian McDonald leads the parade into the Abbey

Piper Ian McDonald leads the parade into the Abbey

The service was shared between Rev Michael Scouler of Hawick Trinity Church and Royal British Legion chaplain, and Rev Sheila Moir of St Boswells Parish Church.

Lady Stewartby, grand-daughter of John Buchan, who wrote several books on the war, including the Battle of the Somme, was a timeous guest speaker.

Also in attendance was Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew CVO, Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, as the Queen’s representative.

The St Boswells Concert Band and the Hawick PSA Choir provided the music for the service.

The vets

The vets

Lady Stewartby

Lady Stewartby

Revd Micheal Scouler

Revd Micheal Scouler

ATC cadet Ewen Ramage( 2180 Galashiels) with Army Cadet Connor Miller (Hawick)

ATC cadet Ewen Ramage( 2180 Galashiels) with Army Cadet Connor Miller (Hawick)