South Ayrshire has a proud history of supporting the Armed Forces
South Ayrshire Council is preparing to welcome The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland back from their latest tour of duty overseas. On Wednesday 8 June a homecoming parade will take place in Ayr.
The 2nd Battalion are returning from Afghanistan with 400 troops expected to march through Ayr town centre where large crowds will line the streets to show their support.
South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie, said she was sure the soldiers would be warmly received, "We're proud to welcome hundreds of soldiers to the streets of Ayr after a gruelling tour which saw them put their lives on the line in Afghanistan.
"We have a long tradition of supporting the armed forces and I know the people of South Ayrshire will come out in numbers to show their support.
"After the parade we'll be welcoming 2nd Battalion to the Town Hall where a number of local soldiers will be awarded service medals following their action in Kabul, in what promises to be a memorable day for all those involved."
The soldiers will march from Wellington Square at 11:30am, past the Wallace Tower and then on to a civic reception at the Town Hall where soldiers will be presented with operational service medals.*
This year marks 100 years since the battle of the Somme during the First World War, so it is particularly poignant that we celebrate with those that have returned and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice as well.
Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Wearmouth OBE, Commanding Officer 2 SCOTS, said, "It will be a tremendous honour for the Battalion to parade in Ayr and thank the local community for its ongoing support.
"As the Kabul Protection Unit, 2 SCOTS' primary mission was to protect NATO advisers and other personnel striving to advise and mentor the various Afghan Security institutions which are so critical to Afghanistan's future success.
"Following these parades, we'll be preparing for the next challenge: being held at readiness as part of Scotland's Fighting 51st Infantry Brigade."
A Temporary Restriction Order has been made restricting vehicle access and parking (with the exception of vehicles taking part in the Homecoming Parade). This will be in place on Pavilion Road, between its junctions with Place-De-Saint-Germain-En-Laye and Cassillis Street between 7am and 2pm on Wednesday 8 June.
*Itinerary (all times approximate)
- 11:30am March off from County Buildings (eyes left at the Cenotaph) via:
- Pavillion Road
- Barns Street
- Dalblair Road
- Alloway Street
- High Street (salute at Dias at Wallace Tower)
- 11:50am Parade concludes at Ayr Town Hall
- 12:00pm Speeches and medal ceremony at Ayr Town Hall
- 1:00pm Event closes