Parades and Events

 

Battalion Week (25th-29th June)

Homecoming Parade, Canterbury 2011. Image  <A style=courtesy of Major R Elliot BEM.” src=”https://www.argylls.co.uk/images/stories/regimentalfamily/argylls-museum-canterbury2011.jpg” />

 

 

On Tuesday the 25th June, the Battalion exercised its freedom of the City of Canterbury by marching through the City Centre for the last time. The Battalion formed up under a clear blue sky opposite Canterbury West station and with one single crack of brogue heel-plate on tarmac, turned to the right and marched led by the Pipes and Drums and the Commanding Officer.

 

The people of Canterbury turned out in their hundreds and lined the cobbled streets to show their appreciation for the Battalion after its ten years in Howe Barracks. Marching past the War Memorial in the centre of Canterbury, the Battalion gave an “eyes right” to members of the Royal British Legion, ex-Servicemen and Veterans.

 

After winding through the streets of the City, the Battalion halted outside the Cathedral. Many of the City’s councillors and civic dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor, the Lady Mayoress, the Lord Mayor Chaplain and the Honorary Recorder, joined the Battalion for a Cathedral service to mark the end of our time in Canterbury. The service was led by the Dean, The Very Reverend Robert Willis, who gave a stirring sermon mentioning the Kirk of the 93rd and the ruthless discipline of the Thin Red Line at the Battle of Balaklava. He also talked about how Canterbury had welcomed the Battalion into its community ten years ago, and prayed for us during various deployments, notably to Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

The Cathedral service was particularly moving and will not be forgotten by both members of the Battalion as we all go our separate ways, either to other Battalions or staying with Balaklava Company, and by members of the Canterbury community.

 

The whole day was a fitting way to mark the end of our relationship with Canterbury. All members of the Battalion, wherever they go from here, and Canterbury, will not forget The Argylls. Ne Obliviscaris.

 

 

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