Homecoming parade for troops

Dumfries will host a spectacular homecoming parade for the Royal Scots Borderers (1 Scots) on Wednesday, April 17, marking the local battalion’s return from Afghanistan.

In September 2012, 1 Scots deployed to Afghanistan for six months as part of Task Force Helmand. They conducted two roles. The majority operated as the Brigade Advisor Group (BAG), responsible for training and developing the Afghan National Army (ANA) in preparation for British forces to withdraw in 2014. A smaller group was employed as the Brigade Operations Company (BOC), carrying out short-notice operations throughout Helmand in support of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). They have been involved in finding and seizing enemy weapons and explosives, impairing the capabilities of insurgents.

The parade will start at 11am at DG One. Around 200 soldiers and musicians and the regimental mascot will march. The route of the homecoming parade is Hoods Loaning, Shakespeare Street, Whitesands, Buccleuch Street (salute taken at Municipal Chambers), Burns’ Statue Square, High Street, English Street and Hoods Loaning. The parade will arrive back at DG One at 11.45.

The parade will be followed by a civic reception for the Royal Scots Borderers, which will be hosted by Dumfries and Galloway Council at DG One.