Bo’ness ex-soldier in charity calendar

23-10-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. BO'NESS. Bo'ness Motor Company - ex soldier Peter Cockburn, 'Calendar Boy' for a charity calendar in aid of 1 Scots families/injured service personnel. Garage have sponsored the calendar.
23-10-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. BO'NESS. Bo'ness Motor Company - ex soldier Peter Cockburn, 'Calendar Boy' for a charity calendar in aid of 1 Scots families/injured service personnel. Garage have sponsored the calendar.

Bo’ness has its very own ‘calendar boy’, with a former Royal Scots soldier taking a salute with a difference, all in the name of charity.

Peter Cockburn served for 22 years in the Royal Scots, travelling to Canada, Germany, Norway, Greece and Ireland, and finishing up as Colour Sergeant.

But in his latest special assignment, the 66-year-old only has his sporran to preserve his modesty as he features in a 2013 calendar in aid of the 1 SCOTS Wounded and Families charity.

The grandfather of three, aka ‘Mr February’, was photographed by wife Jenny taking a naked salute in the comfort of their Graham Crescent home with computer wizardry then superimposing him in front of Buckingham Palace.

He said: “I must be the oldest calendar boy in the country!

“You’ve seen the Calendar Girls, now meet the Calendar Boys, supporting a local regiment.

“It’s old boys of a local regiment supporting the new local regiment.”

The fundraising venture, Peter’s brainchild after inspiration from a Belfast comrade, was organised among former Royal Scots soldiers - whose regiment merged with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers to form 1 SCOTS - via Facebook.

Scattered far and wide, they appear in the calendar in front of iconic locations like Edinburgh Castle, Glencoe, Balmoral and even next to Dundee’s Desperate Dan statue!

Soldiers from 1 SCOTS are currently on a tour of Afghanistan.

Peter said: “As we know, there are an awful lot of wounded soldiers coming back from Afghanistan nowadays and both they and their families need help.

“This is the charity the regiment has for helping families and injured soldiers.”

The secretary of the Royal Scots Association central branch, who has son Mark in Bo’ness and daughter Illona near 
Aberdeen, added: “At my age I’m too old to do route marches for charity, so all I’ve got left is sitting in front of a camera!

“Twelve of the Royal Scots got together and thought this was a fun way to raise money and raise awareness for the charity.”

Jenny (62) said: “I’d like to think this will be the beginning of some sort of regular fundraiser for this charity.

“It’s so dear to their hearts, they are a fab bunch of guys and we’ve got to support our boys.”

She added: “I just think we have grown old disgracefully - it was a hoot and why not?”

The calendar’s generous sponsors include Bo’ness Motor Company.

Place your orders with Peter via email, petercockburn@blueyonder.co.uk

The calendars cost £5 each (and £2 for postage, £4 postage for more than two copies).