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    The annual meeting of The Boys' Brigade in Aberdeen 5th/8th September will, with the exception of meetings in Glasgow 1933 and 1954, be one of the largest ever held.

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    Background: The annual meeting of The Boys' Brigade in Aberdeen 5th/8th September will, with the exception of meetings in Glasgow 1933 and 1954, be one of the largest ever held.

    About 1,200 Officers from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Jamaica, Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Singapore, Cook Islands, Ghana and Denmark will attend.

    Founded in Glasgow 75 years ago it is fitting that, in this year when three-quarters of a century's work by The Boys' Brigade is being celebrated, the annual meeting should be held in the country of its birth.

    The main item on the agenda for the Council is a somewhat controversial motion, with amendments from Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Airdrie and Coatbridge Battalions, concerning age ranges in the organisation.

    On Saturday, 6th September at 5 p.m. the Officers will be received by H.M. The Queen at Balmoral Castle. In addition Her Majesty will present 26 Aberdeen Boys with The Boys' Brigade Queen's Badge and another 21 Boys from Glasgow, Manchester, Durham, Belfast, Aberdeen, London, Birmingham and Perth with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. (Gold Standard).

    A Guard of Honour and pipe and brass bands will be provided by the Aberdeen Battalion. About 500 ladies and guests will also be present. The total at Balmoral will be about 2,000 and fifty buses will convey the party from Aberdeen.

    The Officers and their ladies will be guests of Aberdeen Town Council at a reception on Friday evening (5th).

    On Sunday morning thirty-nine B.B. Officers will give addresses in Aberdeen churches. Among the speakers will be the Brigade President, Lord Maclay, and G. Stanley Smith and D. Pearson Smith, sons of the Founder of The Boys' Brigade.

    After parades to five Aberdeen churches Sunday afternoon, there will be a march past the Brigade President at the Municipal Buildings.

    1. The Queen will be met by the Brigade President, Lord Maclay and conducted to point (1) and received by the "Royal Salute".

    2. Lord Maclay introduces Her Majesty to the Parade Commander, Col. Sir Alick Buchanan Smith.

    3. Parade Commander will conduct Her Majesty along the:
    (a) Guard of Honour (100 Boys of Aberdeen Battalion)
    (b) Front ranks of Officer Companies Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4 only followed by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh conducted by H.T. Shirley, Esq.

    4. Her Majesty presents The Boys' Brigade Queen's Badge to 2 boys of Aberdeen Battalion.

    5. His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh presents his Gold Award to 21 Boys.

    6. After these presentations Her Majesty will return to point (1).

    7. Three cheers for Her Majesty.

    8. The National Anthem will be sung.

    9. The Royal Party proceeds to point (2) as indicated on diagram, a dais in front of the Castle.

    10. Whole parade will march past.

    11. Her Majesty will not address the parade.

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