Culzean Castle and Country Park was transformed
recently with a fantastic array of historical military
personnel. There was weaponry, vehicles and operational
equipment used by a range of representatives from the armed
forces throughout history.
Last year, Bill Wingate, secretary of the Maybole
Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) came up with
the idea of raising the profile of the RBLS in the Ayrshire area
by getting involved in the Forces in the Field event. The
Maybole Branch was again invited by the National Trust for
Scotland to conduct a Parade and Beating Retreat during the
Forces in the Field even this year.
Bill’s aim was to promote the RBLS as a modern,
robust and forward thinking organisation with Legionnaires,
Standard Bearers, Pipe Bands, Riders Branch members, youth
organisations and other organisations that support the
Ex-service community in Scotland and in particular in the
Ayrshire Area. The event was part sponsored by Carrick Futures.
The Beating Retreat made maximum use of the
Culzean Castle and Country Park area by marching between each
phase with Standard Bearers, Branch members, youth organisations
and the Riders Branch on their motorcycles. The Salute was taken
by the National President of the Legion – Lieutenant General Sir
Alistair Irwin KCB CBE.
The Maybole Branch, working closely with RBLS
Headquarters and the Ayrshire Area, coordinated the event which
was a magnificent display with six pipe bands as well as a team
of country dancers. These were Edinburgh Central (Postal) Pipe
Band & Dancers, Cockenzie & Port Seton RBL Pipes and Drums, Isle
of Cumbrae RBLS Pipe Band, Stranraer & District Pipe Band,
Hawick Scouts Fellowship Pipe Band and Jedburgh RBL (S) Pipe
For most people the rendition of “Highland
Cathedral” in the Fountain Court was magnificent and really made
the hairs on the back of the neck rise.
The RBLS helps ex-services men and women of all
ages across Scotland to adapt to civilian life by providing
community, friendship and practical advice, whether they left
military service yesterday or 50 plus years ago. From specialist
disablement pensions advice and welfare support, to providing a
listening ear and fundraising for remembrance, all their
activities and services are about making a real difference to
the lives of ex-servicemen and women and their families.
The RBLS has over 170 branches and 40,000 members
from Lerwick to Dumfries in locations ranging from the capital
city to rural villages. Members lead and help to organise
Remembrance events around Scotland, work with schools and young
people, and provide vital support to other veterans’ charities
to fundraise for veterans’ causes.
last year's Forces in the Field 2012