On 4 September 1964 the 1st Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) provided the Guard of Honour for Her Majesty The Queen when she opened the Forth Road Bridge. The Guard comprised three officers and one hundred rank and file together the Pipes and Drums and the Military Band.Fifty years later, on 4 July 2014 a group of those who had been on the original parade were presented to the Queen when she returned to unveil a memorial plaque which commemorates that event in 1964. At this event Colonel Lucas escorted the Queen and Major Grant HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Those on parade, (see photo above) as seen from left to right were:-
Mr Eddie Boyle, Mr Andy Keene, Mr Willie Rae, Mr Mick McGowan, Mr Duncan McLeod, Mr Allan Nelson, Mr James Anderson, Mr Tam Balloch MBE, Colonel (then Major) Dudley Lucas, Major (then Lieut) Philip Grant.
It is interesting to note that the youngest of those on parade today was eighteen in 1964 and the oldest was then thirty eight years old.
After the presentation and the unveiling of the plaque the Queen departed across the bridge under police escort, just as she had done fifty years earlier. Her next port of call was Rosyth where she named the new aircraft carrier HMS Elizabeth. There followed a fly-past by the Red Arrows display team which was watched by all those who had assembled on the South side. In the time before those two events all were entertained to an excellent sandwich lunch provided by the Forth Bridge Authority.
Major Brian A S Leishman MBE