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Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders last official parade this Friday.

posted 12 Jun 2013, 14:48 by Communications TEAM
Stirling is set to welcome the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as the city says thank you to the Battalion in its last official parade before it becomes a light infantry company.  The parade of 350 soldiers takes place this Friday, 14 June, stepping off at Stirling Castle from 11am, marching down to Broad Street and on to Bow Street, Baker Street then King Street and on to Murray Place where the band will stop to play.  They will then march to Friar Street and again stop for the band to play before marching on to Baker Street and stopping at the Corn Exchange where an inspection will take place outside the Municipal Buildings at approximately 11.35am.

"Stirling is the spiritual home of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and we are honoured that they have chosen to thank their local community by marching through the streets as Freemen of the Burgh with 'drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed', said Stirling Provost Mike Robbins.  “The Argylls are one of the greatest names in Scottish military history and we are proud that they are part of this area's history, heritage and traditions."  Provost Robbins added:  “I'm sure that everyone will want to support this special occasion and I would encourage people to line the streets to show their appreciation for our brave soldiers."

In 2006 the regiment became the 5th Battalion of the new Royal Regiment of Scotland following the amalgamation of Scotland’s historic regiments.  The battalion is now being reduced to a light infantry company of around 100 soldiers with largely ceremonial duties. 
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