Veterans prepare to lay-up Colours on Minden Day

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More than 600 veterans of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers will march behind their Colours on Thursday before they are laid up at the regimental museum in Berwick Barracks.

The KOSB, founded in 1689, has now merged with the Royal Scots to become the Royal Scots Borderers, the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Thursday’s historic proceedings will be watched by the Princess Royal who is patron of the KOSB Association.

The Colours will be laid up as part of the annual Minden Day celebrations. It was on August 1, 1759, that the Borderers – in an earlier guise – were one of six British infantry battalions, wearing red roses, that sent 70 squadrons of French cavalry fleeing.

At Minden Day commemorations, veterans and serving soldiers wear roses.

Tickets – free – are essential. They can be booked by emailing or phoning 01289 331811.

The KOSB office will be open from Monday to Wednesday and from 8.30am on Thursday. All seating has now been booked with spaces left only for those marching.

The parade forms up between 9am and 10.30am and marches on at 10.50am. At midday it sets off with a salute at the Town Hall at around 12.10pm. The laying-up takes place on the return to the barracks at around 12.20pm.

Photographic ID will be required on Thursday.