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War veterans march for last time

Perth (Pic: Undiscovered Scotland)
The veterans paraded through Perth to pipes and drums

Veterans from the 51st Highland Division have paraded together for what was expected to be the final time.

The reunion in Perth featured the dedication of a tapestry portraying the men's contribution to World War II.

They then marched to the pipes and drums, followed by serving territorial army members, cadets and World War II vehicles.

A Remembrance Service was also held to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in battle.

The 51st Highland was a TA division formed in 1908.

Speaking ahead of the reunion, organiser, Dr Tom Renouf said: "What they said was, 'wherever the battle was hottest, there you would find the 51st Highland Division'. It gained a tremendous reputation for itself.

"Our boys are a wonderful bunch. They fought, they made a tremendous contribution to World War II and they saw so many of their comrades killed at their sides.

"So we come to Perth, which we look at as our spiritual home, and we have a wonderful support from the provost and the council."

Some of them are in wheelchairs, some of them are on crutches, some of them have sticks, but they will all be marching shoulder to shoulder, holding their heads proud
Dr Tom Renouf

As well as the veterans and TA soldiers, the parade will also be attended by people and relatives of those from places where the division served, such as St Valery, Holland and the Ardennes.

Dr Renouf, 83, said: "We will get together with our friends and people who have supported us and given us help over the past 20 years and this is the last time that we will ever see them.

"We fade away after that because all our veterans are in their 80s and their 90s and it's difficult for them to make the journey to Perth or anywhere for that matter. So, they've all made a tremendous effort to get here.

"Some of them are in wheelchairs, some of them are on crutches, some of them have sticks, but they will all be marching shoulder to shoulder, holding their heads proud.

"It will be quite an occasion, but it will be the last, after that we hope that others will carry the torch for the Highland Division, because we leave behind a rich legacy."




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