Regiment’s battle colours move south

THE battle colours of one of Scotland’s most famous “lost” regiments are to be moved to a new home – in England.

The colours of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) will be placed in the regimental museum in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, despite recruiting throughout its history from the Scottish Borders.

Edinburgh Castle and the Canongate Kirk were also considered as permanent homes for the flag.

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The KOSB colours, currently kept at Dreghorn Barracks, are being permanently retired because the regiment has been amalgamated and has been presented with new colours.

At last week’s meeting of the KOSB Association, members unanimously decided to host the colours south of the border, due to the town’s close ties with the regiment.

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, chairman of the association’s trustees, said: “Berwick has historic ties with the regiment. It’s been our home for 180 years and we’ve got really strong links with the town. It provided a clear view that such historic colours had to be retired to Berwick.”