Scots Guards hold parade through city

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An army battalion this morning marked its return from a six-month tour of Afghanistan with a city parade.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion Scots Guards marched down the Royal Mile to thank people for their support during their deployment in the Upper Gereshk Valley in Helmand.

The battalion will pause at the City Chambers, where the Lord Provost will present it with the Freedom of Edinburgh.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Rob Howieson said: “It is a great honour to be marching in Edinburgh. We are truly humbled by the council’s decision to bestow the Freedom of Edinburgh on us.

“The battalion has had a challenging six months in Afghanistan and the parade will recognise its achievements, giving friends, families, and the people of Edinburgh an opportunity to celebrate their safe return.

“Each week we would receive a helicopter-load of letters and parcels from well-wishers. We were sent everything from woolly hats to chocolate and board games. It was very touching that we were being thought about at a time we were so far from home.”