FIRST FAMILY

Brothers Solomon Golding and Kidane Cousland emerged from a typical urban British background to become pioneers in ballet dancing and the military. They may not be household names, writes Tom Chamberlin, but their stories need to be heard.

Kidane: Royal Artillery officer’s mess dress (aka Number 10s). Solomon: Cream Fox Flannel double-breasted jacket, Edward Sexton at The Rake; cream silk handpleated dress shirt, red and grey broad stripe jacquard silk thistle bow-tie and wine and navy contrast edge silk pocket-square, silver onyx dress shirt studs and silver onyx octagonal cufflinks, all Budd Shirtmakers; black wool tuxedo trousers, Ralph Lauren Purple Label

This is one of those stories that really matter, that replenishes abandoned hope, that validates the faithful, and gives pause for thought to the cynical. For our millennial readers, this is a @TanksGoodNews story if ever I’ve heard one. The story of brothers Solomon Golding and Kidane Cousland strips away the superficial filters of modern-day influencers and presents two young men who have quietly enacted revolutionary change within their chosen professions. Solomon became the first British-born black dancer for the Royal Ballet, Kidane the first black officer cadet to win the ‘sword of honour’ at Sandhurst. Kidane still serves in the British army, as Adjutant of 29 Commando Royal Artillery, based in the Royal Citadel in Plymouth, where we gathered to photograph them and hear their story.

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August 2020

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