The Moray Battalion Boys’ Brigade held their long service award ceremony in Lossiemouth Baptist Church on Friday, September 17.

Awards were handed out to those who have served for 15, 20, 30 and 40 years.

The service was opened by North Scottish Area president and Lossie councillor James Allan, with the presentation of the long service awards done by Moray Lord Lieutenant Major General Seymour Monro.
The recipients were introduced by Jenny Sclater, secretary of the North Scottish Area. Moray MP and Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross was also in attendance.

Captain James Allan received an award for 40 years of service.

Mr Allan has been part of the organisation for 50 years, starting as a boy and working his way up through the ranks.

He became a warrant officer in 1st Lossiemouth when he was a boy and then became a lieutenant, progressing to officer in charge of the company.
James is currently captain of 4th Lossiemouth – the biggest company in Moray – which he founded in September 1989 in Lossiemouth Baptist Church.

He is also vice president and treasurer of Moray Battalion and a former president. He is currently the president of North Scottish Area, which covers all companies from Stonehaven to Thurso – including in Orkney and Shetland.

Receiving awards for 30 years of service were Captain Julie Christie, of 1st Rothes Company, Captain Jennifer Walker, of 1st Burghead Company, and Captain Jack Currie, of 4th Elgin Company.

Julie and Jennifer are both leaders of their companies, while Jack is also Moray Battalion President.

Receiving an award for 20 years service was David Reid, of 1st Rothes, who has assisted with the running of the junior section for that time.

Lieutenant Kevin Morrison, of 4th Elgin Company, received an award for 15 years of service.

Three boys from 4th Lossiemouth Company were presented with President Awards after a decade of service.

Sergeant Paul Donaldson, Sergeant Ryan Mackie and Sergeant Kian Sibbald all started as anchor boys and worked through the juniors and company section.