Marking 25 years since gruelling Nijmegen march

A look back at the four page coverage in the 'Dispatch' in 1988.
A look back at the four page coverage in the 'Dispatch' in 1988.

A former member of 2231 (Forfar) Squadron Air Training Corps is busy organising a re-union for those who took part in a march in Holland.

A 12-strong marching team from Forfar travelled to Holland 25 years ago where they spent four consecutive days marching 40 kilometres round Nijmegen.

The event was an awe-inspiring spectacle - the Forfar contingent taking part in the internationally famous festival which attracted some 34,000 troops from 43 different countries, together with tens of thousands of individuals.

The Forfar group was led by Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Ian Calder, and comprised Cycle Orderly Graeme Cowan, Flight Sergeant Steven Coutts, Sergeants Colin McPherson and Scott Melville, Corporals Steven Marshall, Lindsay Dall and Cadets Grant Burness, Kevin Grant, Duncan Marshall and Lindsay Graham.

The Holland trip was co-ordinated by civilian instructor Clive Pattle, and the Forfar contingent had the support of a back up team of 20.

Grant Burness has now organised a 25 year anniversary re-union which will take place in Forfar on Saturday, July 20. He has managed to contact the majority of those who took part, but would like to track down

Colin McPherson who used to stay on the Glamis Road in 1988 and was a Sargent at the time of the walk.

Grant said: “I am already in contact with the other eight members of the team and both officers who suffered the blisters. I am also tracking anyone else involved with the trip as there was a large contingent of non walkers involved.” Anyone interested in attending the re-union should contact Grant on