Homecoming parade for Penicuik-based troops

Penicuik's Royal Highland Fusiliers will march through the town on Friday. Photo: Phil Wilkinson
Penicuik's Royal Highland Fusiliers will march through the town on Friday. Photo: Phil Wilkinson

The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2SCOTS), will march through Penicuik on Friday, June 10.

The 400-strong parade marks the safe return home of these soldiers from operational duties as part of the UK’s commitment to the NATO mission in the Afghan capital Kabul.

They also offer the battalion, based at Glencorse Barracks, the opportunity to thank the wider community for their ongoing support.

The parade will step off at noon and march down Broomhill Road to Penicuik Town Hall where the salute will be taken by the Lord Lieutenant Sir Robert Clerk.

After there will be a civic reception hosted by the Sir Robert and Midlothian Provost Joe Wallace.

Operational service medals will be presented to some of those on parade.

2SCOTS led the eight month operational deployment from July 2015 to April 2016 and provided the bulk of the serving personnel. They were augmented by regular Royal Regiment of Scotland colleagues of Balaklava Company (5SCOTS) and reservists of 51st Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (6 SCOTS).

The soldiers will parade with ‘bayonets fixed and colours flying’ accompanied by The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the 2SCOTS Pipes and Drums, and the Regimental Mascot, Lance Corporal Cruachan IV, a Shetland pony.