Black Watch Home Coming Parade
Soldiers from the Black Watch 3rd Battalion made a spectacular visit to Perth today with a homecoming parade. Friends, Families and members of the public turned out in force to cheer on our brave soldiers, even the rain stopped and the sun shone for an hour so as not to dampen the spirits of the parade.
A huge crowd turned out in force to welcome them back and to watch the parade set off from Rose Terrace and marched in a loop down Kinnoull Street, along South Street and then onto Tay street where they performed a salute to local dignatories.
The regiment marched through the town to the tunes of the pipes and drums of the regiment. Amongst the soldiers in the parade was injured Private Stephen Bainbridge a Kirkcaldy soldier, who lost both of his legs below the knee after standing on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Helmand Province on Armistice Day last year.
The accident happened just seven weeks into Pte Bainbridge’s first tour of Afghanistan, having joined the army in October 2010.
It was great to see such a large turn out from the public for the Black Watch, lots of youngsters, children, older people, and people who have themselves served. It was chance for the whole community to come together.
And let’s not forget, bringing up the rear in the parade was Cruachan, the Shetland Pony, who is the mascot for The Black Watch 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.