In March 1998, Gary McAra was appointed Captain and Edward Adie retired after 25 years in the post.
This change took place around the same time that the Company Chaplain and Minister of Crown Church, Rev Robert J.V. Logan, (1970 to 1998) moved to a new charge in Fife. The contribution made by Mr Logan to the success of the 3rd Inverness Company over 27 years cannot be overlooked and the support and encouragement which he gave as Chaplain was much appreciated by the Captains and Officers of his time.
Towards the end of 1998 the Rev. Peter Donald took over as Minister of Crown Church and Company Chaplain, teaming up with Gary McAra Captain of the Company. This partnership is working well and much new ground has been, and will no doubt continue to be, broken.
There have been many changes in the Brigade since that time, with a new “less formal” uniform being introduced, and in the last couple of years the badge schemes for Anchor Boys and Junior Section have been radically overhauled!
The Company has had a great deal of success over the last few years throughout all sections, both at Battalion and National level. The Anchor Boys have won the Battalion Collage Competition on 3 occasions and the Battalion Sports trophy twice.
The Junior Section have triumphed a couple of times in the summer 7-a-side football, as well as being runners-up on two other occasions. The Boys have also had a number of successes at the indoor 5-a-side tournaments with victory in both the P4&5 and P6 age groups – the P4&5’s have won the trophy for the last 3 years. This year the Boys’ also won the Junior Section Sports trophy.
In the last few years, the Company Section Boys have travelled all over Scotland competing in various National Competitions. We’ve made the last 4 Scottish finals of the Masterteam quiz; however, they never quite managed to emulate previous teams that made it to the National Final.
Badminton has also given the Company great success; 2 years ago we reached the Scottish final only to come up against 3rd Gourock, the eventual winners of the National Competition. At Battalion level, the Boys have won the team trophy for the last 4 years, with a large number of individual triumphs along the way.
The Annual Display of 2005 marked another milestone for the new regime, with Grant Rutherford becoming the first Queens man in the Company since Eddie handed over the reins! Greg Broadhurst soon followed in his footsteps the next year. Six Presidents badges have also been awarded.
Another heroic achievement by one Company member was marked at this year’s Battalion A.G.M., when Ewen Reid received the President’s Commendation, from the Very Rev. Prof. Alan Main, for his bravery in saving a neighbour from a house fire.
In 2000, a number of Boys from the Company went on a Battalion camp to mark the new Millenium. Every year since, the Company have held their own camp with Carrbridge, Scottish HQ at Carronvale, and Linlithgow being some of the venues!
The Company is still going strong, even after 90 years, and long may it continue to do so.