Stage set for homecoming

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HRH The Duke of Rothesay will play a prominent role in the Homecoming Parade for service personnel from three Scottish regiments who will march through Forfar on Thursday (writes Janet Thomson).

The town centre will come to a stand-still as around 500 soldiers march from Chapelpark Primary School, along Academy Street to the East Port, down East High Street and past the Cross where the Duke will take the salute from a dais outside the Town Hall.

They will then march into Littlecauseway, returning to Chapelpark via Chapel Street.

After the parade, The Duke, who is the Royal Honorary Colonel of The Queen’s Own Yeomanry and Royal Colonel of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) and 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS), will attend a reception at the Royal British Legion where he will meet service personnel from each regiment as well as members of The Black Watch Association.

Following the reception, he will present soldiers from The Queens Own Yeomanry with operational medals.

The parade, including the Pipes and Drums and Regimental Band, marks the homecoming of 3 SCOTS following their recent tour of duty in Afghanistan and recognises the battalion’s strong links with the area.

For security reasons, exact details of timings cannot be released but the parade is expected to take place “late morning”. Parking will be removed from the parade route and nearby streets from 6pm on Wednesday. With the exception of the B9128 South Street, all of the parade route will be closed to traffic from 12 midnight until 2pm on Thursday and traffic will be stopped on South Street during the parade. Castle Street between East High Street and Myre Road will also be closed and Queen Street, between Canmore Street and East High Street will be made two-way. Diversion routes will be in place. Bus stances on East High Street will be temporarily relocated to Victoria Street in the morning.