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1 Scots Hawick parade in pictures

Two hundred soldiers have taken part in a military parade in Hawick.

1 Scots were in the town to mark their battalions move to Northern Ireland later this year.

1 Scots parade through Hawick High Street Credit: ITV Border
Soldiers from 1 Scots marching Credit: ITV Border
Soldiers watch as the ride-out goes past Credit: ITV Border
Soldiers performing the Guard of Honour Credit: ITV Border
Soldiers performing the Guard of Honour Credit: ITV Border


1 Scots parade through Hawick before move

Hawick prepares for 1 Scots parade Credit: ITV

1 Scots have been parading through Hawick this morning, ahead of their move to Northern Ireland.The parade was to say thank you to supporters in the South of Scotland.

Hundreds of people lined the High street to show their appreciation.1 Scots will move from their base at Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh to Holywood, in Northern Ireland in August.

Hundreds of people lined the High street to show their appreciation to 1 Scots Credit: ITV

Borders soldiers welcomed home

Residents in Melrose and Galashiels will be lining the streets today to welcome home soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS).

The soldiers have returned home from a six month tour of Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

The Melrose parade will set off from Gibson Park ar 10.30am, before marching up the High Street onto Buccleuch Street, up Abbey Street and down past the square.

The Galashiels parade will leave Currie Road at 12.30am, before marching up Paton Street, onto Bank Street, down Channel Street, through Market Square, up St John Street and finishes at Gala Park.

First Minister confirms Scots held hostage in Algeria

Scotland's First Minister has confirmed that a number of Scots are among the hostages being held by Islamic militants in Algeria.

Alex Salmond made a statement to MSPs this afternoon after speaking with the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

He said:

"I can confirm to the chamber a number of Scots are among the hostages. The UK Government reports one UK national has been killed in the attack.

"I know the chamber will understand that in the interests of the safety and security of the hostages, the information that can be given out is limited. The priority is their safety and to keep the families informed.

"The Scottish Police Service is fully engaged with the Metropolitan police on this matter. Scottish Government ministers are in contact with Foreign Commonwealth Offices."

– First Minister, Alex Salmond

Troops return home: Full report

Christmas has come early for 60 soldiers from the South of Scotland's local regiment.

They've arrived home early from Afghanistan as part of the government's plans to reduce the number of troops in the country.

The soldiers, from the Royal Scots Borderers, arrived at their barracks in Edinburgh last night to a rapturous welcome.

Jenny Longden was there to see it:


Troops return home: A snap shot of the emotional reunions

Couple reunited after months apart Credit: ITV Border
Hugs all round Credit: ITV Border
It was an emotional time for families Credit: ITV Border]
For some children, Christmas has come early Credit: ITV Border
The smile says it all Credit: ITV Border
Family reunited Credit: ITV Border
Festive cheer for reunited families Credit: ITV Border
Together again at Christmas Credit: ITV Border

Families reunited for Christmas

Alison Cameron from St Boswells is reunited with her son, Neil Cameron. Credit: ITV Border

It was an emotional time for families as soldiers returned home from Afghanistan three months early.

Alison Cameron from St. Boswells was reunited with her son Neil, who's made it home for Christmas and his 21st birthday.

She said:

"I'm absolutely thrilled, i've just burst into tears. I'm so pleased to see him and so proud of him. His brothers will just love having him home for Christmas"

Soldiers reunited with loved ones in time for Christmas Credit: ITV Border

Borderers soldiers home for Christmas

Around 60 soldiers from the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 Scots), will be home in time for Christmas.

The soldiers are returning from Afghanistan three months early and will spend the rest of their tour carrying out duties in Edinburgh.

Their early return home comes as part of the plans to reduce troop numbers in the country from 9,500 to 9,000.

Soldiers from 1 Scots were sent to Helmand Province in September, where they have been working with the Afghan army.

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