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QUEEN’S BADGE ALEX AAMER – 4th PETERHEAD

The President and Executive of the Buchan Battalion send their Congratulations to Alex Aamer of the 4th Peterhead Company, who today was presented with his Queen’s Badge.

His Company Captain, Alan Macdonald, gave Alex a glowing report for the work he carried out through his Queen’s Badge, as well as for the positive impact he has had on the Company.

Further credit should be given as Alex is one of the young men who had to change his planned work for the Queen’s Badge – the highest award in the BB – due to the pandemic.

Well done, Alex!

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BRONZE DOFE – 1ST FRASERBURGH

MARCUS STUART, 1st FRASERBURGH

JORDAN SMITH, 1st FRASERBURGH

ROSS DUTHIE, 1st FRASERBURGH

Congratulations to members of the 1st Fraserburgh Company who were presented with their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards yesterday.

We hope that the Silver Expeditions will soon be able to resume depending on the COVID situation.

Well done all on this marvellous achievement!

(Photo l-r: Marcus Stuart, Jordan Smith, Ross Duthie).

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PRESIDENTS BADGES – 1ST FRASERBURGH

MARCUS STUART, 1st FRASERBURGH

ANDREW STRACHAN, 1st FRASERBURGH

NATHAN SMITH, 1st FRASERBURGH

RYAN WATT, 1st FRASERBURGH

ROSS DUTHIE, 1st FRASERBURGH

Congratulations to members of the 1st Fraserburgh Company who were presented with their President’s Badge – the second highest award in the Boys’ Brigade – at a special ceremony at their church on Sunday.

All five young men have done well to achieve the badge in challenging circumstances due to the pandemic with all five also having started the journey towards their Queen’s Badge.

Keep up the good work lads!

(Photo l-r: Marcus Stuart, Andrew Strachan, Nathan Smith, Ryan Watt, Ross Duthie).

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QUEENS BADGES – 1ST FRASERBURGH

MATTHEW PIRIE, 1st FRASERBURGH

JOSH STEPHEN, 1st FRASERBURGH

NATHAN STEPHEN, 1st FRASERBURGH

The President and Executive of the Buchan Battalion wish to further congratulate Matthew, Josh and Nathan on being presented with their Queen’s Badges – the highest award in the Boys’ Brigade.

The new Queen’s Men had their badges presented at a special service and ceremony at Fraserburgh Old Parish Church where their friends, family and officers gathered to honour them.

Well done all; you are a credit to your Company and to the Battalion!

(Photo l-r: Matthew Pirie, Josh Stephen, Nathan Stephen).

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BRONZE LONG SERVICE AWARD – MICHAEL STRACHAN

On Saturday afternoon Michael Strachan, Captain 1st Rosehearty Company, was presented with his bronze Long Service Award marking 15 years as an officer. The award was organised by Lt Marc Thomson, Battalion Vice-President, and presented by Alison Chambers, Brigade Vice-President.

Michael’s first 15 years as an officer have not been typical! He became an officer in 2006 with the 1st Fraserburgh Company; the Company he joined as a boy in 1992 aged 5. By 2010 he was Officer-in-Charge of the Junior Section, a post he held successfully until his resignation in 2016. That year his assistance was requested by the 1st New Deer Company, where he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Company Section while instructing new officers to take over. He served in this post for two sessions.

Then in 2018, at the invitation and instigation of his friend the Vice-President, he helped restart the 1st Rosehearty Junior Section of which he was appointed OIC. A year later in 2019 he was finally appointed to be a Company Captain, serving with 1st Rosehearty. The team in Rosehearty have now successfully revived the Junior Section and a Company Section over the past 3 sessions, while the Anchor Boys go from strength to strength!

In addition, Mr Strachan is also a past President of the Buchan Battalion serving in the role 2013-17. He has the distinction of being the Battalion’s youngest ever President, being appointed unexpectedly at the age of 25 and leaving office aged 29. He now serves as the Battalion Queen’s Badge Advisor and has been a Vice-President of the North Scottish Area since 2018.

Here’s looking to the next 15 years!


(Image: Michael Strachan is presented with his certificate and badge by Alison Chambers, Brigade Vice-President).

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PRESIDENT’S COMMENDATION – JACK IRVINE, 1st ROSEHEARTY

Congratulations to Jack Irvine of the 1st Rosehearty Company who was presnted with his President’s Commendation yesterday.

The Presentation was made at Pitsligo Castle by the Brigade Vice-President, Alison Chambers, who spoke very highly of Jack and what he did to help his father in a difficult and challenging situation.

Jack was introduced by Lt Lynne Bruce who told us of his actions which led to him being awarded the commendation. As well as being very brave it is clear that Jack is also very humble about the whole thing!

Well done, Jack!

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PRESIDENT’S BADGE – ADAM IRELAND, 4th FRASERBURGH

Congratulations to Adam Ireland of the 4th Fraserburgh Company who was presented with his President’s Badge yesterday by Brigade Vice-President Alison Chambers.

His Company Captain Martin Dunbar explained what activities Adam and the 4th Company were able to undertake during the last year in order to gain the badge.

Congratulations Adam!

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PRESIDENT’S BADGE – RUARY MCDONALD, 4th FRASERBURGH

Congratulations to Ruary McDonald of the 4th Fraserburgh who was presented with his President’s Badge yesterday by Alison Chambers, Brigade Vice-President.

He was introduced by his Captain, Martin Dunbar, who praised him and all boys for continuing with the Brigade through the last year in difficult circumstances.

Well done Ruary – keep up the good work!

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PRESIDENT’S BADGE – KEIRAN LYONS, 1st STRICHEN


Congratulations to Keiran Lyons of the 1st Strichen Company who was presented with his President’s Badge yesterday by Alison Chambers, Brigade Vice-President.

As well as congratulating him, the officers of the 1st Rosehearty would like to send their thanks to him for helping on the day by distributing the programmes!

Well done to Keiran on his achievement!

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PRESIDENT’S BADGE – LACHLAN GRADY, 1st STRICHEN

Congratulations to Lachlan Grady of the 1st Strichen Company who was presented with the President’s Badge yesterday by Brigade Vice President, Alison Chambers.

Like all other recipients this year Company Captain Steve Wilson explained how there was a slightly different route to the President’s Badge due to the pandemic.

Well done Lachlan! Keep up the good work!