On Tuesday, 25 June The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (5SCOTS) will exercise its Freedom of the City for the final time as a complete Battalion.
Under Army restructuring, 5SCOTS has been reduced to a single company and will shortly depart its base at Howe Barracks, Canterbury. The parade forms part of the battalion’s farewell to the city which has been its home for the last 10 years.
This is our chance to say farewell and thank you to the people of Canterbury who have made us feel incredibly welcome in our adopted home.
Although it will be a day of mixed emotions, we will march with our heads held high to show our pride at being awarded the honour of the Freedom of the City of Canterbury and our immense gratitude to its people.
Lieutenant Colonel Neil Den-Mckay, commanding officer 5SCOTS
The parade will step off from Canterbury West station at 10:40 hrs with bayonets fixed, swords drawn and colours flying to the sound of the Battalion Pipes and Drums and accompanied by the Regimental Mascot Cruachan IV, a Shetland Pony, to Canterbury Cathedral where a private farewell service will take place.