Troops get emotional send-off

Seven-year-old Leigh-Anne Lawrie watches her father Mark parade
Seven-year-old Leigh-Anne Lawrie watches her father Mark parade
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An emotional farewell parade was held yesterday for 450 soldiers from 1 Scots being deployed to Afghanistan.

The troops from The 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, were led through the streets of Edinburgh by a pipe band from Dreghorn Barracks to Colinton Church where a service was held.

Soldiers from 1 SCOTS take part in the parade

Soldiers from 1 SCOTS take part in the parade

Members of the Military Wives Choir sang for the soldiers at the service as the battalion makes final preparations before being deployed to Helmand Province for a six-month tour later this month.

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets including children from the local school who were waving union flags and clutching 1 Scots teddy bears.

Lance Corporal Sean Mullen kisses his nine-month-old son Liam

Lance Corporal Sean Mullen kisses his nine-month-old son Liam