Helmand troops to march in Borders

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SOLDIERS from the Royal Scots Borderers – 1SCOTS – are to parade through Galashiels and Melrose on April 16 after returning from Afghanistan, writes Bob Burgess.

They have spent six months in Helmand Province where the battalion lost Captain Walter Barrie, 41, from Glasgow, who was shot during an insider attack while playing football with members of the Afghan National Army.

The Melrose parade leaves Gibson Park at 10.30am and takes in Buccleuch Street, Abbey Street and down past The Square.

The Galashiels event leaves Currie Road at 12.30pm and takes in Paton Street, Bank Street, Channel Street, Market Square and St John Street.

The Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew, will take both salutes.