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Tragedy struck the third in the 1960's when two young men lost their lives in separate climbing accidents. John Speirs in April 1962 and David Williamson in May 1965.

The late 60's and early 70's saw the Company firmly established on the B.B. map through the efforts of five Boys and one officer. Company Captain Colin Sinclair writes "My period as Captain of the 3rd Inverness Company contained many highlights and very few disappointments. The main highlight was winning the B.B. national Top of the form Competition in 1972 after having come second the year before following an extra round.

Team members Rory Matheson, James Grant, Graham Quinney, Brian MacGregor, faithful reserve Alastair (Rhino) Batchen and team coach Lt John Matheson put in many evenings of hard work, searching quiz books newspapers and magazines for information they would need.

The final was held in B.B. Headquarters in London and after a nailbiting competition, including an extra round, the Boys came home victorious. Having left Inverness on the Friday sleeper it was particularly pleasant to be greeted at Inverness Railway Station on the Monday morning with the sound of Cliff Richard's recording "Congratulations" coming over the loudspeaker system.

This is a memory of the 3rd that will stay with us all for a lifetime"

During the middle and late 1970's the Company became a strong force on the Drill scene emerging as winners of the Battalion Squad Drill Cup for nine successive years from 1974.

In April 1975 tragedy again struck the Company with the sudden death of Lt. Andrew Laws, a popular young officer who had moved to Aberdeen only weeks earlier. The Boys of today compete for a trophy gifted in his memory by his parents and awarded to the Boy who shows most improvement in physical activities within the Company.

Memories of annual sponsored indoor sports marathons in the Church Halls will remain with Boys, Officers and Parents alike for a lifetime.

Company Camps in the 70's at Banff (twice), Ballater, St Cyrus, Monymusk and Ayr were popular with both Officers and Boys. We all have our own fond memories of these.

A landmark in the Company's history was the formation of the Parents' and Friends Association in October 1974 and their presentation of Colours to the Company who continue to carry them with pride.

There are musical memories of the period 1977 to 1979 when the Company had a promising young bugle band under the command of their Bandmaster Mr Kenneth Melville who, unfortunately, had to move to London at the end of 1979. Despite several attempts there was no suitable successor found for him and the band fell into abeyance.
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