THE Royal Regiment of Scotland will be the first regiment to receive the Freedom of the entire Borders area from Scottish Borders Council Convener Alasdair Hutton when members of the First and Sixth Battalions parade in Melrose’s Gibson Park on June 11.
Councillor Hutton said: “This is a historic addition to the many Freedoms the previous regiments were granted by different burghs in the Borders.
“I am proud that the regiment has agreed to accept the Freedom of the Borders and I hope it will exercise it regularly when the regiment is at home. Borderers have always been immensely proud of the men who have marched away and I hope a very large number of people will show their pride on June 11 in Melrose when the men on parade exercise the new Freedom for the first time by marching through the town.
“I am especially pleased that the regiment will be represented by members of the First Battalion, The Royal Scots Borderers, and the Sixth Battalion, 52nd Lowland. The British Army goes into combat now as one army and it is fitting that the regiment should receive the Freedom with regular and Territorial Army soldiers on parade.”
The Royal Scots Borderers is the battalion which succeeded the Royal Scots and the Kings Own Scottish Borderers which came together on August 1, 2006.
Both the battalions representing the regiment recruit in the Borders area. The Royal Scots Borderers returned from Afghanistan in two stages last year and marched through Borders towns and also Berwick.
The ceremony to grant the Freedom of the Borders will start at 11am in Gibson Park in Melrose.
The troops will parade for the Freedom Scroll to be presented by Councillor Hutton, who was a member of the Territorial Army Parachute Regiment for more than 30 years, to the Regimental Colonel Lt General Andrew Graham before the troops march through the town at about 11.45am.