Nostalgia: May forces be with you

All the traffic and trams stop while the Cameron Highlanders parade along Princes Street Edinburgh.
All the traffic and trams stop while the Cameron Highlanders parade along Princes Street Edinburgh.
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THE Capital was once again set to pay tribute to the country’s armed forces today, with scores of veterans, cadets and serving soldiers expected to march through the city’s streets to mark Armed Forces Day.

Troops were expected to set off at 1pm today marching from King’s Stables Road to Princes Street Gardens, and the events will include a fly-past from a Typhoon squadron.

Members of the Black Watch parade at Mid Calder railway station before their regiment leaves for Northern Ireland in July 1970.

Members of the Black Watch parade at Mid Calder railway station before their regiment leaves for Northern Ireland in July 1970.

The Lothians has long links with many of the army’s most distinguished regiments – and has always shown its pride in the troops.

In 1970 it was a sombre occasion that saw members of the Black Watch parade at Mid Calder railway station, as the regiment prepared to leave for Northern Ireland. The deployment saw around 400 officers and men huddled together at the station as they awaited the arrival of a special troop carrier.

The international links have never been forgotten either, and in 1962 officers representing the US Air Force joined Royal Navy and British Army personnel for a parade with wreaths at a special Scottish American War Memorial service in Princes Street. While large crowds turned out to watch the parade, they were dwarfed in comparison with the thousands who took to Princes Street in 1952. They were there to see a parade of the Cameron Highlanders.

All traffic – including the city’s original trams – was stopped to make way for the parade, which marked the herioc platoon’s arrival home after three years of service in north Africa and the Middle East.

Scottish American War Memorial Service in Princes Street Gardens - Officers representing US Air Force Royal Navy and British Army parade with wreaths

Scottish American War Memorial Service in Princes Street Gardens - Officers representing US Air Force Royal Navy and British Army parade with wreaths

A year earlier the crowds had also turned out to salute the Scots Guards – 1st Battalion as they paraded down Princes Street on their way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse to receive new colours from HRGH The Duke of Gloucester, on behalf of the late King.

More recently, in August 1989, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers regiment paraded in Edinburgh to mark their 300th anniversary.

The King's Own Scottish Borderers regiment parade in Edinburgh, during their their 300th anniversary celebrations in August 1989.

The King's Own Scottish Borderers regiment parade in Edinburgh, during their their 300th anniversary celebrations in August 1989.

Soldiers from across the world join the King's Own Scottish Borderers regiment march along Princes Street in Edinburgh, part of their 300th anniversary celebrations in August 1989.

Soldiers from across the world join the King's Own Scottish Borderers regiment march along Princes Street in Edinburgh, part of their 300th anniversary celebrations in August 1989.

28th June 1951, Scots Guards - 1st Battalion look smart as they pass saluting base in Princes Street at the foot of Hanover Street Edinburgh with the Fifty Shilling Tailors in the background and the Brown Derby restaurant above. Crowds gatherd to watch the regiment parade to the Palace of Holyroodhouse to receive new colours from HRH the Duke of Gloucester on behalf of the late King.

28th June 1951, Scots Guards - 1st Battalion look smart as they pass saluting base in Princes Street at the foot of Hanover Street Edinburgh with the Fifty Shilling Tailors in the background and the Brown Derby restaurant above. Crowds gatherd to watch the regiment parade to the Palace of Holyroodhouse to receive new colours from HRH the Duke of Gloucester on behalf of the late King.