Sailors say goodbye to HMS Edinburgh

Picture: Lesley Martin
Picture: Lesley Martin
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CREW members from HMS Edinburgh have paraded through the Capital to celebrate the decommissioning of the 30-year-old ship.

Hundreds of people lined the Royal Mile to watch around 250 officers and other service personnel march from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to the City Chambers, led by a navy brass band and drummers.

Outside the Chambers, the crew stopped to salute Lord Provost Donald Wilson and later returned for a reception.

HMS Edinburgh and its crew were previously granted the freedom of the city and the march is known as a privilege parade.

The warship arrived in Leith on Wednesday as part of a farewell trip around the UK. It leaves for Liverpool, where it was built, on Tuesday then continues on to its base in Portsmouth, where it will be decommissioned.

Commander Nick Borbone said: “Edinburgh is our spiritual home, so it’s a highlight of our tour.”