Midlothian salutes its homecoming troops

Marking their recent return from operations in Afghanistan, soldiers from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) took part in a Homecoming Parade in Penicuik.

Hundreds of residents and well wishers lined the parade route to show their support and welcome home 2 SCOTS from the six month deployment.

2 SCOTS Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Robin Lindsay said: “2 SCOTS are delighted to be home from a hard tour and to be reunited with our loved ones. However, our thoughts have been and will continue to be with the families of the 3 soldiers who were killed on operations.

Our role has been to advise and liaise with the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP)and we have seen the Afghans continue to grow in stature over our tour. They have been outstanding and the capability they deploy now is a step change away from where they were on our last tour.

“They have had a successful summer fighting season and have prevented the Taliban from gaining a hold in the protected community. We have simply given them the confidence to do this and by the time we left, in most cases, we were genuinely not needed.

Looking to the home front 2 SCOTS have been overwhelmed by the exceptional support we have received from the local community here in Penicuik over the past six months. We previously felt that the community had taken us to its heart we feel this ever more keenly since the tour.”

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His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG, Royal Colonel of the battalion, took the parade salute then attended a Medals Ceremony in Glencorse Barracks to present Afghan campaign medals to a selection of soldiers.

See full story and pictures in the October 24 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.