Covid-19 and the 2020 Reunion

We all hope you are keeping well and managing to cope during these trying times of the Covid-19 Pandemic?

I have spoken to quite a few Ex Members since lockdown and everyone seems to be coping alright.

If you require help, contact me and I’ll see what can be done using our network of members, or through your local agencies to provide this help.

This years reunion was a great success by all accounts, everyone I’ve spoken to really enjoyed the evening and the food!

Don Glass our Chairman took these photos on his phone. (Despite struggling with the ‘lurgy’.) I thank Don for these.

Stephen McQuillan your Treasurer also forwarded a short video of the piper and drummer who played on the evening, which has been added to our Video page.

Johnny Simpson and Kerr McQuillan who are both Grade 1 players with Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band, entertained the company with a fitting tribute of tunes.

These were excellently played and received, to remember our recently lost piping and drumming members.

The Committee would like to thank them for their fantastic playing.

Click here to go to the video page where Video 6 can be seen.

Archie MacLean & Iain McLellan
Robert Limond & Gordon McIntyre
Tom Connelly & Ally Osborne
Hector Russell, Bobby Laverty & Alasdair Ross
Willie Ellis & Stevie McQuillan
Neil MacFadyen & Norman Webster
Gordon Medlow Stevie Littlejohn & Graham Gillan
George Cochrane Malcolm McColl & Dougy McColl
Davy Kyle Duncan Masson & Iain Morrison
Archie Longwell & Andy Elder
John Courtney & Iain Glass
John MacLeod Finlay MacLennan & Alan Davidson
John McCartney & Alasdair McKay
General picture by Davy Kyle

Hopefully things will get back to some sort of normality soon.

Take care all.

Letter to all Ex Members

I received an email today from an Ex Member.

Dear Ex Members

My wife and I are just two, of the thousands of people that have been told by the UK and Scottish Government, to lockdown for 12 weeks.

Good weather has encouraged us all out into the garden, to complete any DIY projects that needed to be done.

So if like me, you find that there is too much television to take it all in, if you’re looking for something to do?

Your Ex Members website still requires your stories of days in the Company.

We appeal to Ex Captains, Officers, Boys, with fathers and brothers, all Ex-Members.

Pipers and Drummers that continued their training in the Company, in Senior Bands like the City of Glasgow Police and elsewhere.

But remember, it’s not all pipes and drums.

We had Ministers, Footballers, Doctors, Bankers, to mention a few.

So right then, your thoughts on paper please?

(or preferably email)

Send them to Alan YOUR Secretary for YOUR website.

John Rogers B.E.M.

Ex Captain of the 108thGCBB Partick.

“Very sad news that John Rogers (Jolly) passed away on Wednesday 15th April, aged 90.

He succumbed to a worsening of his dementia and was not taken by the coronavirus.

John served as an officer in the B.B. for several decades. He had a positive influence on the lives of many hundreds of boys and their families, and a debt of gratitude is felt by all. This kind, selfless and dedicated man was a true Partick Legend.

Due to the virus restrictions he will not receive the send off he deserves and it is hoped that some sort of memorial service/event can be arranged in the future to mark his passing and his life. RIP.”

P.M. Donald MacKenzie

“A true legend in BB and Pipe Band worlds.

Always the gentleman and would stop and talk to all at the pipe band contests or in the streets of Partick.

I had the privilege of attending a 108 Camp to Guernsey along with Stevie McQuillan as officers, as well as helping out with Vaulting Box classes and the band.

Alan McColl

(214 BB EX members Secretary)

“Well said Alan McColl

I remember the mutual work and the camp you mentioned was outstanding.

The Vaulting box work I also remember. When you, Finlay Urquhart and myself went along to Partick after our own Company meeting, to work jointly with our mates in the 108.

From this friendships have continued with many.”

Stevie McQuillan

(214BB Ex Members Treasurer)

Stevie seen here in the 108 Pipe Band.
(5th from the left in the back row)
An old pic of John leading the 108 along the streets of Partick.
A tune written by Douglas Adam (108th Ex Member) which appeared in Dougie Pincock’s book.
(Douglas is 3rd from the right on the back row of same picture Stevie is in.)

(Material for this post was kindly taken from the 108th BB Facebook page.)