Public turn out in force to celebrate homecoming

300 soldiers from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland were greeted by thousands of people as they marched down Ayr High Street as part of their homecoming celebrations.

The parade was a feast of sound and colour as the troops marched proudly through the heart of the town. The 2nd Battalion has just returned from their latest tour in Afghanistan where they played a key role protecting important officials.

The crowds thronged the streets to show their support and cheer for the soldiers as they marched down to the town hall for a civic reception with South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie and the Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran Mr John Duncan.

The Lord-Lieutenant then handed out operational service medals to four local soldiers who played an important role during military operations in Kabul.

Provost Moonie said: "We have always shown strong support for the armed forces in South Ayrshire and once again the public turned out in great numbers to cheer and show their appreciation for the important work they do.

"We are very proud of all their efforts and I know it meant a lot to the soldiers to not only see but hear the support during the parade. Although this was a celebration, it was also an occasion to remember those that could not make it home. I am sure I join with everyone in South Ayrshire to wish all our soldiers the very best for the future."

Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Wearmouth OBE, Commanding Officer 2 SCOTS said: "It was a tremendous honour for the battalion to parade in Ayr and I thank the local community for its on-going support."

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