Council champions royal regiment

Members of The Royal Regiment of Scotland travelled down from Edinburgh this week to meet up with Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Archie Dryburgh.

Councillor Dryburgh met with Lance Corporal Stephen Wishart from the Regiment in order to place a banner promoting recruitment to the Regiment on the front of the Mid Steeple in Dumfries.

Lance Corporal Wishart joined The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) in 2011, finishing his basic training on a Thursday and being sent to Kenya the very next day. Following this he subsequently served at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan for 7 months and is now based in Belfast. He is one of a number of soldiers who have visited the town over the past few weeks and said this was because “The Regiment is currently on a nationwide recruitment drive, with a different area being allotted to each team and we have found that Dumfries and Galloway is one of the best areas for support and recruitment to the Regiment.”

Councillor Dryburgh served in The Gordon Highlanders from 1979 to 1985, transferring to the TA in 1986, and then to the Army Cadets in 1988 until 1994. He said: “Dumfries and Galloway Council is always happy to lend support to our Armed Forces. Many brave local men and women carry out difficult and frequently dangerous jobs on our behalf. The Council granted the Freedom of Dumfries and Galloway to The Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2008, the first Council in Scotland to do this, in recognition of the outstanding service given by the national regiment, and the excellent relationships developed with local communities.”