3rd Inverness

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In May 1979 the Company reached the Ibp of the Form final for the first time since 1972. This time the boys could only manage third place in Southampton. During the 1980's the company continued to enjoy success in Battalion competitions although we lost our grip on the Squad Drill Trophy from 1984 to 1987. Successes however came in Badminton, Cross Country, Table Tennis, Athletics as well as P.T. and Football. Perhaps the most notable achievement so far as football is concerned came in 1986 when the under 15 side won the Battalion Trophy for the first time since 1922.

In August 1983 a busload of Officers, Boys and Parents set off for Ibrox Stadium - not for a football match but to witness the celebration of the Boys' Brigade Centenary. There are happy memories of "sleeping" on a church hall floor as well as the recollection of a spectacular Saturday afternoon's entertainment and a moving Sunday afternoon parade and open air service.

From 1982 to 1984 the Captain represented the North Scottish District on the Brigade Executive in London followed by a period as Battalion President from 1984 to 1989.

Among the many successes of the 1980's and early 1990's were the Drill Squad's victories in the North Scottish Drill Competition in 1988, 1989 and 1990. In 1991 they had a go at the Scottish Drill Championship and secured second place.

In the early 1990s the Company’s Drill Squad continued to hold top place within the Inverness & District Battalion and in each of the years 1991, 1992 and 1993 they were runners up in the Scottish Squad Drill Championships.

In April 1994 Sgt Scott Matheson was presented with the Queen’s Badge by H.M. Queen Elizabeth at a ceremony in the grounds of Windsor Castle. This was only the second time in her reign that she had presented the Award in person.

Later that year the Captain was appointed President of the North Scottish District – a position which he held for 5 years.

In September 1995 the Brigade Council held their annual meeting in Inverness and Gary McAra and Scott Matheson, both officers in the 3rd Company, had the honour of carrying the Queen’s Colour and Battalion Colour respectively on the parade to the Old High Church on the Sunday.

During the period 1996 to 1998 the Company experienced a time when staff were in short supply and Boy numbers were falling.  The Captain had intimated as early as September1996 that he wished to retire as soon as a suitable replacement could be found.
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