The Freedom of East Lothian is set to be granted to the county’s historic regiment, the Lothians and Border Yeomanry, in a special presentation and parade held in Dunbar tomorrow (Saturday, 6 July).
The Lothians and Border Yeomanry’s links with East Lothian date back to 1797 with the formation of the East Lothian Yeomanry Cavalry. The Dunbar, Seton, Salton and Gifford troops eventually disbanded and joined with other areas before reforming in 2014 under its current name.
East Lothian Council’s Armed Forces Champion Councillor Jim Goodfellow is due to confer the Freedom of East Lothian to the Yeomanry, represented by Major Stuart Vine, in the shadow of Lauderdale House, the Regiment’s original home.
Following the presentation, the Regiment will parade along Dunbar’s High Street, saluting Councillor Goodfellow outside the Town Hall, before continuing on to its War Memorial on the town’s Queen’s Road for a rededication ceremony. Representatives from the council, serving and veteran members of the Armed Services community and their families, support organisations, and crowds of well-wishers are expected to witness the occasion.
Granting the Freedom of East Lothian to the regiment recognises the sacrifices and service made by its members over the years, and reinforces the council’s commitment to all armed services members living within the county.
Events are expected to begin from approximately 10.45am.