Ayr stops to salute sol­diers

Ayrshire Post - - Special Report -

ayr came to a stand­still on Fri­day morn­ing as 400 tough sol­diers from 2 scots pa­raded through the town.

in full pa­rade dress with ma­chine guns, bay­o­net at­tached, they drew spon­ta­neous ap­plause as they passed.

this is one of the re­cruit­ing ar­eas for the bat­tal­ion, who have spent the past six months in iraq, south su­dan and cyprus.

they marched from Welling­ton square to the town Hall, the troops led by cor­po­ral cru­achan iV, a shet­land pony and mas­cot.

at the town Hall lieu­tenant toomey, cor­po­ral Mor­ri­son, Fusilier brady, Fusilier gille­spie and Fusilier Mcguffie all re­ceived op­er­a­tional ser­vice Medals for their dis­tin­guished ser­vice in iraq.

Ma­jor gen­eral euan loudon cbe also ac­cepted a cheque for £ 34,000 on be­half of cor­po­ral ron­nie ‘ an­nie’ oak­ley, who died re­cently. an­nie left the money to to the royal High­land Fusilier Mu­seum in glas­gow.

provost He­len Moonie said: “i know how much it means to those that took part in the pa­rade to see and hear peo­ple young and old cheer­ing them on.

“it’s some­thing that will stay with the men and women of 2 scots for many years to come.”

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