Civic welcome for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 5th Battalion

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell has spoken of his ‘honour and pleasure’ in hosting a civic welcome for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders following their recent parade through Paisley.

Depute Provost Caldwell met with officers and soldiers at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley following the parade by The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 Scots).

DP with soldier families

“I know from speaking to some of the soldiers, their families and their commanders just how much it has meant for the community of Renfrewshire to honour their tradition of service and their historic links with the area.

“Everyone involved stressed that although the 5th Battalion’s role is changing, the links with the traditional recruiting areas will remain as strong as ever.

“When I was looking at the history of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in advance of meeting with the soldiers, it was amazing to see the history they have been involved in and helped to shape.

“That history includes the Boer War, the Somme, the Crimean War, the Peninsular war, the Korean War and right up to more recent conflicts.

“In 2011, Renfrewshire Council awarded the Freedom of Renfrewshire to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in recognition of that service and that proud local connection.

“I was delighted to take this opportunity to say to the battalion that the deeds and courage of current and former officers and soldiers will continue be remembered with pride in Renfrewshire.”

Depute Provost Caldwell rounded off the occasion by exchanging plaques with battalion and regimental commanders.

Paisley soldiers

Paisley soldiers at Renfrewshire Council’s civic welcome for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Cpl Gary Adam, Cpl Arron White, Cpl William Hart, Pvt James Connelly, Cpl Sean Dick, Cpl John Fay, Cpl john Downie.