Scottish War Blinded's 2015 Reunion Lunch Programme begins in Aberdeen

Posted: 13/05/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded members came together last week at the Gordon Highlander’s Museum for their 2015 Aberdeen Reunion Lunch event.

This year’s programme of Reunion Lunch events across Scotland are celebrating Scottish War Blinded’s century of expanding horizons for visually impaired veterans.

Centenary balloons, table displays and a Scottish War Blinded exhibition contributed towards a wonderful celebratory atmosphere and members were presented with a special centenary tie gift.

Members were treated to a sumptuous lunch and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with one another and forge new friendships. Many members in attendance had served in the Gordon Highlander’s Regiment and were delighted to return to their spiritual home.

Scottish War Blinded member and former Gordon Highlander Michael Kelbie (pictured right) said:

“It has been a fantastic event and you couldn’t pick a better venue in the heart of Gordon Highlander’s country. Judging by the service and the way we have been looked after today, I sincerely hope we return here for many years to come.

“I came here with my regimental tie on and in the regiment there’s a tradition that no yellow should appear in the knot. As a result, I have not unknotted my tie since 1972. Today I was presented with a Scottish War Blinded centenary tie which I now proudly wear, but I made sure I didn’t break the knot of my regimental tie!

“I am very proud to sit here in the museum of my regiment which was founded in 1792. There are still Scottish War Blinded members who regard themselves as soldiers and as Gordon Highlanders no matter how long they have now lived as civilians. It’s great to see that the regimental camaraderie still exists today."   

“The exhibition is excellent, there’s also access for visually impaired people through the audio guide and describes the introduction of chemical warfare which impacted on thousands of Scottish soldiers.

“We are familiar with the images of hundreds of soldiers walking, hand on shoulders, back to regimental aid posts after the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915. This is why Scottish War Blinded founded and to think we are now here one hundred years on is fantastic.

Following the lunch, Scottish War Blinded CEO Richard Hellewell described the wide range of events planned to celebrate Scottish War Blinded’s centenary including a bowling tour, WW1 Battlefields trip, centenary exhibition and celebratory event at the Linburn Centre in December.

Adam Hillhouse, from North East Sensory Services, was then invited to provide members with an update about services for visually impaired people in the North of Scotland. Mr Hillhouse described a new National Lottery funded project titled ‘Connect, Inform, Support’ (CIS) which offers companionship, information and support for older people who have significant sight and/ or hearing loss.

We thank everyone who attended our 2015 Aberdeen Reunion Lunch. Further reunion lunch dates can be found here