Black Watch Laid Down Their Final Colours
At Almond Villa we always look forward to our welcoming our regulars back each years but no weekend is looked forward to more than seeing again our retired soldiers of the Black Watch.
The Black Watch and 51st Highland Volunteers meet each year in Perth around the end of June to remember their comrades and catch up on news. But 2012 was always going to be a special re-union, although no “official” decision has been made it is thought the famous name of the Black Watch is going to be lost to bureaucracy as the Ministry of Defence is considering merging the 3 Scots battalion with others as part of service cuts.
Both the past and present Black Watch (3 Scots) soldiers looked resplendent and proud as they matched past the dignitaries and there were a few tears in their eyes.
However, the weather on the day was brighter than had been predicted, only thunderstorms and rain had been on the forecast, and whilst many on the day found it a very sombre and poignant moment others thought we should be looking to the future. Joe Hubble, a former Regimental Sergeant Major and Almond Villa regular, thinks we should all still get behind the 3 Scots and give them our support. He says “even if it is sad to loose the Black Watch name, they are still our boys and they need our help”. Joe cuts a colourful picture in Perth with his famous moustache and regularly visits the city, a place he holds dear. Joe spent the later part of his working life as a Yeoman of the Gueard at the Tower of London and was often assigned as regimental escort to Her Majesty the Queen Mother. This may be of good news since The Queen is the latest royal to join the battle to save the under-threat historic Black Watch regiment. The Queen, as part of her UK Diamond Jubilee tour, has chosen to visit the battalion’s museum in Balhousie Castle, Perth.