Thursday, June 19, 2014

Former Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) mark historic link to Nairn County FC with donation to Ground Improvements Fund

Donald Wilson told the Gurn: "Last night at our ceilidh in the Legion I was approached ed by Lt Col Bob Towns (Rtd.) who handed me a cheque for £100 towards the NCFC Supporters Ground Improvement Fund. The cash was money left over from a regimental reunion at the British Legion earlier this year. A very moving gesture indeed and I share with you the full text of the letter Bob enclosed with the donation: 

"Please accept the enclosed cheque on behalf of the former Battalion Footballers of the Queens Own Highlanders (Seaforths and Camerons). We had a reunion in the Legion earlier this year and had some funds left over. When put to the vote the lads decided to donate it to Nairn County. "Some of our footballers did
Queen's Own to be added to panel beaters board
indeed play a few games for Nairn County. Kenny Urquhart, Dinger Bell, Johnny Bateson and Willie Irving to name the ones I know of. This was around 1962-63. In fact the names of all QO HLDRS, Cameron Highlanders and Seaforth Highlanders who played for Nairn County would be of interest to our Regimental Family if is was possible to list them. It would be appreciated if the name "Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) could be listed as a Panel Beater donation. On behalf of all former Battalion Footballers of the Queens Own Highlanders I wish Nairn County all the best for the forthcoming season." Bob Towns. 

Donald added: "Perhaps Nairn County fans of this era could assist Bob in his quest to get names of former Nairn County players from the regiment. In the meantime I have assured him it will give us great pleasure to acknowledge them on the Panel Beater board as requested. It is just another example of the history of the club and the role it has played in this community. We thank the ex-soldiers sincerely for think of the club at this special time it it's history"

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