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  1. ADEN
    There is a documentary now on BBC iPlayer which features the Royal Scots. It’s called “Soldier in the Sun” and the old and bold will recognise some of the soldiers.

      1. Jimmy, hi, hope you and Teresa are well! I did recognise a couple of faces but couldn’t put names to them. There’s a few old Royals like Jimmy Robertson, Steve Simpson, Bill Pettigrew and Ron Cairns will know. I was there when I was 18 and didn’t have a clue what was happening! Stay safe.

    1. Checked out Soldier in the Sun. Was the moustachioed sergeant who threw the white phosphorous grenade into the cave Dick Gillies by any chance?

  2. I have been asked to make you aware of the Scottish Government funding support that is available. Home Energy Scotland helps people in Scotland create warmer homes, reduce their energy bills, and lower their carbon footprint.

    They work with people and organisations to help tackle fuel poverty and the climate emergency – both key priorities for Scottish Government. Further details on the criteria and how to apply are available on the Home Energy Scotland website however some of the information is included below:

    Home Energy Scotland

    The Scottish Government is offering assistance to homeowners and private sector tenants struggling to heat their home.

    The improvements offered will depend on a survey of the property. Assessors will come to your home to survey it and will recommend measures suitable for the property, which could include a range of insulation and heating. In most cases all costs will be met by the Scottish Government.

    • Wall insulation
    • Loft insulation
    • Draught-proofing
    • Central heating (inc. new gas boilers)
    • Renewables

    There is a range of qualifying criteria and you should go to the Energy Scotland website Home – Home Energy Scotland for more information. Or call 0808 808 2282

    If you come into one of the following categories, or know someone that does, it could be worthwhile looking into this further.

    Must have one of these:

    Have been injured or disabled serving in the Armed Forces and be in receipt of Armed Forces Independence Payment/War Disablement Pension

    • Be of pensionable age, have no working heating system and be in receipt of a passport benefit
    • Be aged over 75 and in receipt of a passport benefit
    • Pregnant and/or have a child under 16 and in receipt of a passport benefit
    • Have a disability and be in receipt of any level of Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
    • Have a disability and be in receipt of high rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (care or mobility component)
    • Have a disability and be in receipt of low/medium rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (care or mobility component) and be in receipt of an income related benefit
    • Be a carer in receipt of Carers Allowance
    • Have been injured or disabled serving in the Armed Forces and be in receipt of Armed Forces Independence Payment/War Disablement Pension

    Regards,

    David Cowin
    Communications & Office Support Co-ordinator

    Veterans Scotland
    New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HQ

    1. good afternoon,

      I called the number in question, spoke to a woman who had me on “loud speaker”, I asked her to confirm this, she replied “YES”, her voice kept breaking up, I was so annoyed I hung up, I don’t deal to good with these situations.

  3. Sorry to here of the passing of Maxi MacDonald Snr. Our sincere condolences to all the family at such a sad time words are never enough.
    Regards
    Dave & Janet
    Dickson

  4. I first met Maxi at NHS Mill in 1970 while he was CQMS C Coy, prior to him becoming Drum Major which is the role for which he is probably best remembered. Maxi and Paddy Morecroft led the P&D on highly successful excursions, including to the USA to appear on the Glen Campbell show where, between them, they encouraged their host to become a piper.

    I remember Maxi telling me, I think in Kirknewton on returning from block leave, that Paddy and he had become bored and taken a job in a car wash. So efficient had they been that they were offered permanent employment while the others working there were threatened with the sack.

    One of my tours in Belize coincided with 1 KOSB being there and, soon after my arrival, I heard the KOSB P&D marching through Airport Camp, led by none other than Maxi on attachment.

    Maxi was justifiably proud of his Cameronian origins and, during a Save the Scottish Regiments parade in Stirling, appeared wearing a Cameronian glengarry and cap badge, all the more determined that The Royals would not go the way of the Cameronians.

    Condolences to the family.

  5. I’m very sorry to learn about Nobby Clarke. I remember him well from my early days in Osnabruck, Tidworth and, from Tidworth, on one of our NI tours. Recently, I’ve been going through my notes from Cyprus 1974-75 and of course he features in these as CQMS Support Company. During my time as Chairman of the Regimental Association, Nobby stepped forward as an Office Bearer of the Central Scotland Branch. Nobby was a very loyal Royal both in 1 RS and in the Association. Condolences to Margaret.

  6. Very saddened to hear of the passing of Maxi MacDonald. I have fond memories of the time when he was Drum Major of the Pipes and Drums and also of recent times when Maxi was in attendance at many functions of the Highland Branch of the Association. Deepest condolences to Jennie and the rest of the family at this saddest of times. R.I.P Drummie.

    1. Stephanie and I are very sad to hear of the passing of Maxi Macdonald Snr. We both have very fond memories of the glorious Pipe Band days. Our sincere condolences go to Jennie and all the family. RIP Drummie

    2. All of Central branch send there condolences to Margaret and all the family. R.I.P Nobby.
      U.T.R.

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