On Friday 19th April, 2013 the Royal Regiment of Scotland was given the Freedom of East Lothian. This was accepted on behalf of the Regiment by 1 Scots, the Royal Scots Borderers.
It’s fitting that they did so, Haddington was a number of years a garrison town for the 8th Royal Scots and drew it’s men from East and Midlothian and Peeblesshire. 1 Scots stills retains this recruiting area and is still retains the title of First of Foot in deference to its position as the oldest Infantry Regiment, being formed in 1635.
It was that almost 99 years after the 8th Royal Scots marched away from Haddington to WW1 on a horrible rainy day, their modern counterparts marched around the town in brilliant sunshine, amidst cheering crowds.
I am proud to say that I was there and witnessed the stirring site of the lads marching with the colours, bayonets fixed and bands playing. it was sight to remember and these are some of the photos I took.