Battalion is to receive the freedom of East Lothian

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The Royal Scots Borderers, the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS), is to receive the Freedom of East Lothian in honour of its long and proud association with the county.

A parade and presentation ceremony is being organised for April 19, 2013, after the soldiers return from their six month tour in Afghanistan. East Lothian Council approved the award at a full meeting of members in Haddington on Tuesday.

The honour of freedom of a city or other council area is the highest accolade that a municipality can offer.

Although historically associated with a range of ancient rights and privileges, the title of Freeman or Freewoman is now largely honorary, and usually awarded to men and women who have strong associations with an area and who have made an outstanding contribution to local, national or international life.

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