Family and friends of the 2nd Hawick Boys' Brigade Company saw the youngsters carrying out their drills in fine style at the annual display and presentation night.
The evening began with an opening service by Captain Rory Campbell, after which inspecting officer and special guest Councillor Davie Paterson ran the rule over the 57 lads, who impressed him greatly with their high standards
With the inspection concluded it was then the turn of the boys to entertain the audience, and first up was the Company Section's elimination drill, taken by BB stalwart Davie Morrison. The boys this year were especially disciplined, and the eventual winner was Liam Short, with Bryan Hall a very close second.
The Junior Section was next with a series of challenges under the banner of 'I'm a BB get me out of here". The boys searched for stars, took part in an obstacle course and the 'Bush Tucker Trial'. Councillor Paterson was invited to take part in the latter and, judging by his facial expressions, did not enjoy some of the 'Tucker' on offer!
The Anchor Boys then gave a very fast-moving and vocal display of their favourite games, after which the Company Section returned with a display of gymnastics, which included vaulting the horse. The last exercise they completed saw them bursting through a paper-covered ring as they fish-dived over the horse.
Once all the boys had completed the exercise there was one ring left and, once again, Mr Paterson was invited to take part. And much to the delight of the crowd, the councillor took it in his stride, removed his glasses and ran right down the hall and burst straight through the hoop, as if he did this every week.
The final display was the Junior Section's 'Marching to music'. The set was particularly difficult this year, but the boys completed it perfectly, with even a smile on their faces.
The boys were all then returned to parade, before Rory gave his report on the company, thanking friends and family for their continued support.
The evening continued with Mr Paterson explaining some history of the BBs, after which he thanked the boys for their fantastic efforts before awarding the prizes.
Anchor Boys – Best attendance, Hamish Murray; best endeavour, Connor Level; best boy Greig Johnston. There were 12 promotions to the Junior Section.
Junior Section – Best recruit, Lewis Robertson; best endeavour, Ryan Luke; best boy, Luca Nardini; Challenge Cup winner, Ruaridh MacLeod. There were five promotions to the Company Section.
Company Section – Best recruit, Robert Scott; best junior sportsman, Rowan Scott; best senior sportsman, Connor Brunton; best endeavour, Brian Hall; best boy, Liam Short.
Promoted to lance corporal were Gareth Renwick, Ryan Brady and Blair Campbell. Promoted to corporal – Kerr Throrburn, Liam Tait, Rory Graham, Connor Brunton and Liam Short.
Gaining the second highest award in the Boys' Brigade, the President's Badge, was Cpl Liam Tait, who is now working towards his Queen's Badge.
The evening concluded with the traditional singing of BB hymn 'Will Your Anchor Hold', before the boys were given their final dismiss.
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