Thomas drums up cheers for Charles

Lance Corporal McKay.
Lance Corporal McKay.
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Newton Stewart army drummer Lance Corporal Thomas McKay, 23, recently played at a royal salute at Edinburgh Castle to mark the 65th birthday of Prince Charles.

Lance Corporal McKay is a member of the pipes and drums of the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 Scots).

He explained: “1 Scots, who are based at Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh, were deeply honoured to provide the royal guard and the pipes and drums at the 21-gun royal salute to mark the 65th birthday of his royal highness, the Duke of Rothesay.

“The royal salute provided another occasion for the soldiers of 1 Scots to display their professionalism and pride in conducting such an honour.”

Lance Corporal McKay joined the army in 2006 and has served in Kenya, Switzerland, Holland, Luxembourg, France, Italy and Afghanistan.

He is married to Lauren and they have two children Hope, five, and four-year-old Lucas.

The Royal Scots Borderers (1 Scots) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Two infantry regiments – the Royal Scots and the King’s Own Scottish Borderers – merged in 2006, and with the other Scottish infantry regiments amalgamated into the single seven battalion strong Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Members of the pipes and drums are assault pioneers within the battalion.