Minden Day parade

KOSB veterans handed roses by the High Sheriff of Northumberland before parade down Marygate
KOSB veterans handed roses by the High Sheriff of Northumberland before parade down Marygate

Soldiers and veterans gathered in Berwick on Saturday to celebrate Minden Day, marking the greatest victory in the long and distinguished history of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

They gathered at Berwick Barracks before marching down Marygate applauded by large crowds.

Major (Ret’d) Ken Fraser from Duns, who gave the address, said: “We had 283 in the barracks square which was a great turnout, slightly up on last year.”

The ceremonial presentation of roses was made by Lucy Carroll, the High Sheriff of Northumberland.

Entertainment was provided by Nancy Steele’s Dancers with musical accompaniment from 1st batallion Royal Regiment Scots Pipes and Drums, The Berwick and Eyemouth Royal British Legion Pipe Bands and The Dutch Inter Scaldis Pipe Band.

The Battle of Minden took place on August 1, 1759 during the Seven Years War against the French. The celebration of the day involves the wearing of ‘Minden Roses’ on the regimental head dress, recalling that the regiment wore wild roses at the battle that they had plucked from the hedgerows as they advanced to engage the enemy.