It is with great sadness that we have to advise our ex-members of the passing of Andy Hosie, just short of his 83rd birthday.
Andy played with the 214BB pipe band from 1953 till 1958 and was leading drummer of the World Juvenile Championship Band in 1957.
He continued playing, after leaving the 214, with the Red Hackle Pipe Band and Renfrew Pipe Band, becoming leading drummer of the Renfrew in 1961.
The Renfrew Pipe Band Drum Corps, under Andy’s leadership, won the World and British Drum Corps titles in 1965 and he was runner-up in the World Solo Drumming Championship in 1963. He was arguably the most exciting and innovative drummer to come out of the 214.
Andy retired from the pipe band movement in 1965, at the top of the tree, to pursue a career with British Airways. His drumming career was short but spectacular and could have been prolonged if he had taken up the offer to go down to London and become involved in the drum session scene.
When he left British Airways, Andy went on to work with Loch Lomond Golf Club, taking care of celebrities and high-profile guests.
Andy passed away on 19th November 2023 after a lengthy illness and is survived by Mary, his wife of 58 years, and daughter Debbie.
Our condolences go to Mary and her family.
Further information on funeral arrangements will be posted in due course.
This photo can be found on the website in the Band Album…… no (30)
Andy was the Leading Drummer of this 1957 Juvenile World Championship winning band.
Front Row (left to right) Ian McLellan, Hugh Davidson, Jimmy Wright, Lawson Callaghan, Jim Hamilton, Frank Hopson, Gordon McIntyre, Rab Wallace, Rab Little
Middle Row Alex McIver, Andy Hosie, Joe Noble, Robin Hunter, Dougie Law, George Robertson, Alec Ibell
Back Row Alex Rae, Gordon Ferguson, Charlie Grindley
The 4th of October is very important day, not only in the 214th’s eyes but the whole of the BB organisation.
140 years ago today in 1883
The Boys Brigade was founded in Glasgow by Sir William Alexander Smith.
From this one Company formed in Scotland the BB has grown in to a worldwide movement.
99 years ago in 1924
In 6 days time (10th Oct 2023) it is the 99th Anniversary of the formation of the 214th Glasgow Company of the Boys Brigade.
In 1 years time from today in 2024
We will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary (4th October 2024) on founders day at our Centenary Civic Reception in Glasgow City Chambers.
Where the Boys Brigade was founded
The first meeting took place in the Free Church Mission Hall on North Woodside Road, shown here. Only 28 boys attended. The movement expanded rapidly in the following decades, but Glasgow remained at its heart.
(This was also the building that our Treasurer (Stephen McQuillan) held his Company Offices, prior to them being turned into flats by The Woodside Club.)
In 1933 it celebrated its jubilee with an assembly at Hampden in front of 130,000 spectators. Members from across the globe again gathered in Glasgow to celebrate the Brigade’s centenary in 1983 with a series of events, including a service at Ibrox Park.
1854 – William Alexander Smith born (27th October)
1883 – BB Founded in Glasgow (4th October)
1886 – First BB Camp (Tighnabruiach)
1897 – First Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of York
1908 – Scout Movement Formed (by Baden Powell, developed from the BB)
1909 – William Alexander Smith knighted (July)
1913 – The King’s Badge introduced
1914 – Sir William Alexander Smith died (10th May)
1917 – Boy Reserves started for 8 to 11 year olds
1924 – 214th GCBB founded -Whiteinch
1926 – Amalgamation of The Boys’ Brigade with The Boys’ Life Brigade
1933 – Jubilee Celebrations
1955 – BB involved in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award pilot scheme
1963 – World Conference (of The Boys’ Brigade) formed
1974 – 214th GCBB – Golden Jubilee, Glasgow City Halls
1977 – Pre-Junior Section formed (now known as Anchors)
1982 – Royal Mail issue 1st Class stamp celebrating The Boys’ Brigade
1983 – Centenary Celebrations
1985 – 214th GCBB merge with the 135th Glasgow Company
1993 – Junior Section 75th Anniversary (previously called ‘Life Boys’)
1994 – Royal Review by HM The Queen at Windsor Castle
214th GCBB Ex Members parade at 70th Anniversary Scotstoun Parish Church.
2002 – World Conference renamed Global Fellowship of Christian Youth
2008 – 125th Anniversary of The Boys’ Brigade
214th GCBB – Ex Members parade at Braehead Arena
2008 – Girls’ Association formed
2011 – 125th Anniversary of Camping
2012 – HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Baton Run
2017 – Centenary of Juniors age group
2022 – HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
2023 – Celebrations of the Coronation of King Charles III
2023 – 140th Anniversary of The Boys’ Brigade (Today)
Civic Reception to celebrate 100 years of the 214th GCBB
On the 1st October 1924 the 214th Glasgow Company of the Boys Brigade was formed at Gordon Park Church in Whiteinch, Glasgow.
Next year, during 2024 the Ex Members Association will be celebrating our 100 years with various projects throughout the year.
We are delighted to inform you that the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s office has approved our request to celebrate the Centenary of the founding of the 214th GCBB.
This, the first fully confirmed project, will be held on:-
Friday 4th October 2024
When there will be a Civic Reception at the City Chambers of Glasgow in our honour.
(At no cost to our Association)
The evening will start with a drinks reception at 7pm followed by a dinner.
We have only been allocated a total of 70 places for the occasion.
We would like as many of our ex Members who are able, to come and enjoy this celebration of 100 years of the 214.
(We will be looking at providing help for our members who may be infirm or in need of help to attend.)
This is not your official invitation.
That will arrive 6-8 weeks before the event if you have indicated you would like to attend.
It is important that we can get as many Ex Members as possible to attend, with this in mind we would like to see an indication of who is willing to come along on the evening. This will allow you and ourselves to plan ahead.
Ex members from all over the world will need time to organise their trip, if they are coming along.