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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 11:09 GMT
Regimental merger fight abandoned
Young campaigners
Regiment supporters were involved in a vocal campaign
Army veterans fighting the amalgamation of the Scottish regiments have given up their legal battle.

King's Own Scottish Borderers campaigners have dropped their court fight against the formation of the new Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The case was scheduled to be the subject of an imminent judicial finding but has been abandoned.

Veterans said the fight was proving too expensive and was not good for the morale of serving soldiers.

"We feel that the Army is under tremendous pressure," said KOSB veteran Donald Fairgrieve, from St Boswells.

"The overstretch is almost unbearable - we are fighting in two theatres in Afghanistan and Iraq, both very complicated and dangerous campaigns.

"We feel that we are offering an olive branch to try and help the MoD in their difficulties," he added.

We feel it is extremely important and it has tremendous importance locally in the Borders that we have our own KOSB
Donald Fairgrieve
KOSB veteran

Mr Fairgrieve said campaigners felt they could channel the energies of the legal fight into helping recruitment to the regiment.

He added that they would continue to campaign to keep the KOSB name alive within the new Royal Regiment.

"We feel it is extremely important and it has tremendous importance locally in the Borders that we have our own KOSB," said Mr Fairgrieve.

The MoD plans to merge the KOSB with the Royal Scots and combine them with the Black Watch, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Royal Highland Fusiliers and the Highlanders in a new Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The MoD and Army chiefs said the changes were needed to the structure of the infantry to ensure commitments could be met in the 21st century.

The KOSB are due to celebrate their 317th birthday this weekend.

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