Next month, local army cadets in Peebles will rejoin their Borders comrades after a gap of more than 20 years.
Since the amalgamation of the Lothian battalion with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers battalion of the Army Cadet Force in 1992, Peebles cadets have been part of E Company and linked with Midlothian.
However, from August 1, cadets from No 15 (Peebles) Platoon will return to their rightful home alongside colleagues from across the Borders as part of a newly-enlarged B Company.
However, it’s not just the joining of Peebles that will happen on this date – B Company, which currently covers most of the Borders, will change its designation to that of Minden Company as part of restructuring to allow the battalion to meet increasing demand from new recruits.
This is a significant change, as prior to the creation of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, local cadets were badged to the Kings Own Scottish Borderers which, in 1759, took part in the Battle of Minden.
Company Commander Major Alan Cook told us: “Having Peebles become one of the newly-named Minden Company’s detachments is a great move and allows the old Borders Company to really encapsulate the whole of the area and will allow us to move forward in our aim of offering a real development opportunity to the young people of the Borders in a wide range of civilian and military orientated activities.”