Selkirk families of local soldiers and veterans are expected to make their way down the A7 tomorrow for a farewell parade by 1 SCOTS.
Hawick has been chosen as one of three locations – the others are in Edinburgh and Prestonpans – for a farewell parade by soldiers of The Royal Scots Borders, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS), ahead of their move from the Scottish capital to a new base in Belfast in August.
The battalion is leaving Dreghorn Barracks where it has been based since being formed in 2006 by a merger of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and the Royal Scots.
Tomorrow’s parade in Hawick is to thank local communities for their support over the last eight years.
Commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Matt Munro, said: “We will be ensuring that we remain an integral part of the community here, notably through our support for the regimental family, including the associations of our antecedent regiments – the Royal Scots and King’s Own Scottish Borderers.”
Graham Easton, chairman of Selkirk Ex-Soldiers’ Association, is among local people hoping to make the trip to Hawick to show support for the battalion.
“I imagine quite a few people from the town will be planning to go. There are a lot of Selkirk families with links to the current battalion and to its former regiments,” he said.
1 SCOTS is currently part of 4th Mechanised Brigade, but it will join 38th (Irish) Brigade upon its move to Northern Ireland.