The Boys’ Brigade turns Edinburgh Castle blue

Thursday October 5th 2023

Boys Brigade Edinburgh Castle

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

One of the world’s oldest youth organisation turned Edinburgh Castle blue to mark their 140th anniversary.

Members of The Boys’ Brigade (BB) from Edinburgh and surrounding areas descended on the Castle Esplanade yesterday to mark the historic event.

Edinburgh Castle was illuminated in blue – BB colours – as young people, adult leaders and former members marked this important milestone.

The historic Scottish institution was founded by Sir William Smith in Glasgow on 4 October 1883.

High-profile former members include ex-Manchester United and Aberdeen manager Sir Alex Ferguson, as well as fellow football boss David Moyes.

Owen Thompson, Midlothian MP and BB Edinburgh, Leith and District Battalion President and former member, said: “The BB is a historic institution which has changed the lives of so many people.

“It is part of the fabric of Scottish society. It is amazing to support and promote the local, national and international youth work that the Boys Brigade provides.

“The Boys Brigade has a long history of creating opportunities for adventure, fostering teamwork and developing community spirit in young people which remains relevant today.”

From one group founded in Glasgow in 1883, the BB has since spread across the country and around the world, positively impacting the lives of millions of people.

BB young people sang happy birthday, posed for photographs and enjoyed a giant birthday cake at the Castle’s Esplanade.

They were joined by invited guests Niall Archibald MBE and Owen Thompson MP, President of the BB in the region.

Jonathan Eales, Chief Executive of The Boys’ Brigade, said: “As well as a celebration of our history, we are also celebrating the opportunities and experiences we continue to provide children and young people today.

“We’re going to be launching new groups, while also working with our amazing volunteers to welcome new members to existing groups.

“With more than 750 local groups in communities across the UK and RoI, the organisation supports more than 20,000 children and young people today with the help of thousands of dedicated volunteer leaders. The BB is also active in over 50 countries around the world.”

The Governor of Edinburgh Castle, Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, The Garrison Sgt Major, Ruaridh Tuach were invited but were unable to attend the BB events last night.

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