Once again our annual opening ceremony was a huge success. Firstly, our regimental plot looked magnificent, and during the morning many compliments were paid by all and sundry. I was also delighted by the attendance, especially of Sqd/Ldr. Ian Matthews (the nephew of our late Sandy Henderson) and his wife Pat. They were the invited guests of honour. Sadly, one of our old comrades Tom Gore was unable to attend owing to illness.
HRH Prince Philip once again attended the parade, and as usual he was in buoyant form as he conducted the inspection of the plots. This year Ian Bilboe represented our association at the plot, and he did so in true Cameronian style: exemplary.
When the Abbey parade finished, several of our group retired to the Union Jack Club in the London Waterloo area, where we enjoyed an excellent lunch, and a lot of cheery and funny banter.
I would now like to refer back to our lovely plot. We are deeply indebted to Alex Maxwell for the beautiful regimental crests he has designed and produced over the years. So Alex, on behalf of myself and all our members we are deeply grateful to you. Also, the members of The Poppy Factory must take credit for laying out our plot so beautifully. I have written to their general manager thanking him and his staff for their efforts.
Finally, we must accord a vote of thanks and gratitude to our four marchers who took part in the armistice parade on armistice Sunday. They were: Ian Bilboe, Kenn Robinson, Andy Anderson MBE and Tam Winters. Tam, despite a serious health condition, travelled from Aberdeen to take part in the march - a heroic Cameronian effort indeed. Thank you, Tam.
In conclusion, I wish everyone the compliments of the forthcoming season, and lang may yer lums reek.
Eddie Clark 21.11.12