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Minden Day preparations

Princess Anne attended Minden Day at Berwick Barracks in Berwick-upon-Tweed and to lay up the KOSB colours.

Princess Anne attended Minden Day at Berwick Barracks in Berwick-upon-Tweed and to lay up the KOSB colours.

Veterans of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Association will celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Minden in Berwick on Saturday July 26.

Organisers hope there will be 400 veterans on parade, who a will be joined by two bands: the Inter Scaldis Pipe Band from Holland and the Coldstream Pipe Band.

The ceremony begins at 10.30am with a display of bands and dancers on the Barrack Square. At 11.45am the parade will be formed and there will be a ceremonial presentation of Minden Roses to all those taking part.

At 12.30pm the parade will set off from the barracks to march through the town centre, passing the Guildhall at 12.40 where a salute will be taken.

The civic party will be led by the mayor. The Parade Reviewing Officer will be Brigadier Andrew Jackson, President of the KOSB Association.

The KOSB Museum and shop in the barracks will be open from 9.30am, and admission is free. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and it will help provide financial assistance to Army veterans in need.

‘Minden’ was the second battle honour awarded to he precursor of the KOSB regiment.

The battle took place on August 1 1759, during the Seven Year War against France. British troops were ordered to take a minor objective in north-east Germany, but due to miscommunication, found themselves facing a much larger French force, which was defeated with horrific casualties. The ‘Minden roses’ commemorate those picked by soldiers on their way to the front.

 

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