Falkirk gives Argylls warm welcome

Argylls march through Falkirk
Argylls march through Falkirk

Cheering crowds gave a warm welcome to soldiers who marched through the streets of Falkirk.

Today’s parade by 5 SCOTS, better known as The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was one of series taking place across Central Scotland this month.

Targeting the battalion’s traditional recruiting areas, the event comes as it is renamed Balaklava Company and reduced in number to 100 men as part of British Army cuts.

Old soldiers, flag-waving children and proud families were joined in the High Street by local people taking the opportunity to pay tribute to the troops for all their efforts, most recently in Afghanistan.

Lord Lieutenant Marjory McLachlan took the salute from a dias next to Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church then, accompanied by Provost Pat Reid, they were both invited by Lieutenant Colonel Neil Den-McKay to inspect the troops.

The parade then continued through the town centre to Falkirk Town Hall where the soldiers and their families were given a reception.

Provost Reid said: “It was a spectacular and very moving occasion. I’m delighted that we were able to host this parade and look forward to welcoming the men of Balaklava back to Falkirk in the near future.”