New KOSB Colours Room open

Ian Martin (KOSB archavist)in the new Colours Room at the regimental museum
Ian Martin (KOSB archavist)in the new Colours Room at the regimental museum

The last regimental colours of the King’s Own Scottish Borders have gone on public display in a specially-created room at Berwick Barracks.

The new Colours Room in the KOSB museum was officially opened on Thursday and Regimental Association secretary Peter Walton was delighted with the event.

“It was an excellent day from our perspective, really super,” he said.

After the arrival of Berwick Mayor Isobel Hunter with Mayor’s Consort, Forbes Grant and Sheriff Michael Richardson with the Sheriff’s Lady, Kate Stephenson, at the former Officers’ Mess, the scene was set by Lt Col Colin Hogg, curator of the museum.

The last set of colours presented to the KOSB, amalgamated with the Royal Scots in 2006, were laid up in 2013.

The Colours Room houses both the last set of KOSB 1st Battalion colours and also the last set of colours of the former 4/5th Battalion. It was appropriate both Lt Col Willie Bruce, who commanded the parade when the 4/5th Battalion colours were presented, and Major John Aitkin, also on parade that day, were able to attend.

The Very Reverend Dr James Harkness, Honorary Chaplain to the KOSB, read the Regimental Collect, after which the mayor cut the diced ribbon and declared the Colours Room open.

Trustee, Brigadier Allan Alstead The Southern : “The Colours Room is certainly a success, although it has taken longer to make ready than we would have wished.

“Enormous thanks are due to all the volunteers who helped. Ken Fraser and Donald Fairgrieve did a great job and were assisted by many others.

“But for Ian Martin, KOSB Museum assistant, this must have been a particularly pleasing day as he struggled for a long time to get the Colours Room completed.”