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PROUD members of the 4th Clydebank Boys Brigade Company received top honours at their Annual Inspection and Awards Ceremony.

Proud Sergeant Marc Ferguson, 17, received the Queen’s badge — the highest award achievable in the Boy’s Brigade — during the evening at Faifley Parish Church.

He received the honour after months of dedicated hard work, and was presented with his badge by inspecting officer for the day, Commander John Penniston, RN, of Faslane Royal Naval Base, and Grant Mitchell, Clydebank Boys Brigade captain.

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Around two years’ work goes into gaining the Queen’s badge.

Dedicated Marc had to take part in a variety of tasks, including practical leadership, community service and attending a candidates conference.

Glasgow Battalion also held a Queen’s Badge award ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers last month, which Marc attended.

The President’s badge was presented to Clydebank Boys Brigade members Corporal Josh Mitchell and Lance Corporal Alistair Ferguson, both aged 15.

Both boys have been with the company for four years. Their badges and certificates were presented by Lennox and Argyll Battalion President Gordon Littlejohn.

Brigade members had also worked hard to raise £300 for 10-year-old Gemma Lapping — who has had severe primary Raynaud’s.