Ayr stops to salute soldiers
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.”