After hundreds of years of history and gallant service to Kings, Queens and country the King’s Own Scottish Borderers are marching into history as the British government has imposed on Scotland a one-off “Royal Regiment of Scotland”.
On Tuesday, 30th May the Pipes and Drums of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers beat retreat in the Selkirk Market Place for the last time before they are swallowed up in a new battalion with the Royal Scots to be called the Royal Scots Borderers.
Hundreds of Souters turned out including scores of ex-servicemen and former members of the K.O.S.B. and they cheered the soldiers on as they played the regimental marches including “Blue Bonnets”, the regimental march past of the regiment, heard in theatres of war including two World Wars.
Accompanied by Col. Colin Hogg, the chairman of the Royal Burgh of Selkirk and District Community Council, councillor Kenneth Gunn took the salute as the pipes and drums left Selkirk for the last time.
“It was very great honour and a humbling experience but above all it was a very sad day for us all to see the final march past of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers,” said councillor Gunn, following the event.