Guards parade for anniversary

The Coldstream Guards exercised their right to march through Coldstream on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the regiment receiving the Freedom of the Burgh.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 16 August, 2018, 09:52
The Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire and the Marquis of Donegal take the parade salute at the war memroial.

The link between the regiment and town, which began in 1650, has remained strong but there was disappointment that the expected 50 guardsmen were reduced to 11 and the Corps of Drums was unable to take part.

However, local residents still turned out to view the spectacle, led by Coldstream Pipe Band, and which included a strong contingent of Coldstream Guards Association members.

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A Coldstream Guards spokesman admitted it was ‘deeply regrettable’ organisers had not been informed that the Corps of Drums would not be able to take part.

“The long-standing historical relationship the regiment has with the town of Coldstream is very important to them and the regiment enjoys taking part in this event annually,” said the Guards spokesman, speaking about their presence at Coldstream Civic Week. “It is hoped, whilst not able to meet the request for 50 personnel this year, the regiment can continue to provide a small contingent of personnel to the event in the future.”