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Coronation lunch and parade 

Many branches celebrated the King’s Coronation in style, and Kilmarnock was no exception. Working alongside East Ayrshire Council, the branch held a big lunch for the community. This aspect of the celebration involved speeches, food and refreshments, as well as pipe music. 

Meanwhile, members also attended the parade in Glasgow that officially marked the coronation. By organising transport, the branch ensured that all those who wanted to go could do so, and everyone who went reported having a great day. 

The King’s garden party at Holyrood 

Poor weather wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the four Kilmarnock members who attended this year’s garden party at Holyrood. Gary and Shelagh Dolan, as well as Mark Hunter and David Dickson, all really enjoyed the invite-only event. 

The following day, David Dickson attended the King’s Sovereign Parade through Edinburgh as one of the King’s bodyguards, The Royal Archers. Eagle-eyed viewers will have seen David on the live broadcast of the parade. 

Bowling club challenge 

In July, Kilmarnock branch organised a bowling challenge for members of the West Netherton Bowling Club, which is also used as the venue for monthly meetings. It was a good chance for members to mix with regular bowlers at the club, and while there was a competitive spirit on show there was plenty of comradeship too. 

Robert McNulty was crowned champion in a controversial final result, and it is now hoped that the bowling day will become an annual fixture. 

Kilmarnock veterans breakfast club 

We’re delighted to hear that the breakfast club in Kilmarnock continues to go from strength to strength, with a healthy number of veterans coming along to enjoy some food and company. Held each month at WG13 restaurant on West George Street, it’s a chance for the Armed Forces community to join together outside usual branch activity. A raffle also helps to raise some cash for local community groups.