Kirk donates Army banner

EDINBURGH'S Canongate Kirk has become the first church in Scotland to donate a pipe banner to the armed forces.

The Royal Mile church decided to fund-raise for two banners - one to keep in the church, and the other to give to the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Minister the Rev Neil Gardner said: "Canongate Kirk has historic links with the First Battalion's predecessors, The Royal Scots and The Kings Own Scottish Borderers.

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"We insisted any banner we presented to the Army should end up on active service with their successors. Our own banner will hang on a wall of the church as a permanent reminder of our armed forces."