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Black Watch march in Perth and Dundee


Black Watch parade ends tour

Members of The Black Watch have been parading through the streets of Perth and Dundee after completing their latest tour of duty in Afghanistan.

About 400 serving soldiers were marching in regimental colours accompanied by the pipes and drums.

The battalion's tour of duty involved seven months in the Afghan provinces of Helmand and Kandahar.

Five Black Watch soldiers and an attached member of the Royal Artillery lost their lives.

The Black Watch soldiers killed were Sergeant Sean Binnie, from Aberdeen, Private Robert McLaren, from Mull, Sergeant Gus Miller, from Motherwell, Private Kevin Elliott, from Dundee, and Corporal Tam Mason, from Kelty.

Bombardier Craig Hopson of the Royal Artillery also died.

Trouble spots

The unit was based at Camp Roberts, near Kandahar Air Base, and they were the Brigade Reserve Battlegroup.

That involved them being flown into trouble spots to carry out specific operations.

They completed 21 operations in their tour - an average of one every three days.

Most of the sorties were part of Operation Panther's Claw - the massive British operation to clear out the Taliban ahead of the elections.

The battalion members were reunited with family and friends in October and were given leave before returning to their garrison at Fort George, Inverness.

A series of parades to honour the heroes has already taken place throughout Scotland, in Inverness, Aberfeldy, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.

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