The Company won the coveted Garroway Drill Cup of the Glasgow Battalion in the years 1942, 1943 and 1945 and, at many civic receptions of the time, Boys of the 130th were continually in demand as Colour Escorts or Guards of Honour. Sports were always popular too and some of the Boys took part in inter-city rugby matches in Ireland. At Battalion Sports, the Company’s tug-of-war team managed to out-pull all others for a number of years!
In 1952 when James Cubie became Captain, the Company had only 12 Boys but when he stepped down in 1960, the roll was over 50 Boys. As new houses were built and more families moved into the area, the Company and the Lifeboys section grew in size. The post-war ‘baby boom’ saw the strength increase in the 1960s and 1970s, when Watson McKinnon and Gordon Smith were Captains, to almost 70 Boys.
With large roll numbers, the Company could compete against the other companies in the Partick District and the Glasgow Battalion and in the 1970’s, the Company enjoyed much success in Drill, bands, sports, swimming, table tennis and football. BB was not just a Friday evening event because, on every night of the week, there were classes in First Aid or expedition planning, band practices, badge tests and District competitions.
Encouraged by Officers who enjoyed the “great outdoors”, the Company did a lot of hill-walking, expeditions and participated in weekend camps. The “Winter Expeditions” gave Boys the chance to go hill-walking in the depths of winter. They stayed in a specially opened Youth Hostel and did their own cooking and walked in some spectacular scenery. This was held annually from Boxing Day, for four days, and the joke at the time was that every Boy turned up on the 26th with turkey sandwiches for their packed lunch.
The fellowship enjoyed by the Boys was strengthened further by the annual Ex-Members’ Reunions organised by Mr Hugh Allan and his committee. The old-Boys did not all remain in the local area and, every year, letters were sent to many countries around the world. Even now, the addresses on the Company’s ex-members list stretches to locations in Canada, Australia, Bermuda and around Europe. Several former members, influenced by the Company’s example, are church Ministers while many others are in the medical profession, the armed services, or serving the community in other ways.
It was also during mid-1970s that the Company’s old tradition of performing shows was developed. “Café Noir” was an evening of food and cabaret in the large hall. Gradually, the emphasis switched from the food and hospitality to the actual show and by the 1980s, the Company was putting on a full, scripted “comedy-drama” on the stage every two years. These “starred” every Boy in the Company and many hidden dramatic and musical talents were unearthed. Shows such as “Where Seagulls Dare”, “Dunces with Wolves”, “Sherwood Shenanigans” and “Chariots for Hire” raised thousands of pounds for blind or deaf children, the cot death trust, motor neurone research and many other deserving causes.