Loooking Back: Black Watch given freedom of Kirkcaldy

Black Watch soldiers in Kkrkcaldy Town Square on the occasion of the regiment being awarded the Freedom of the District by Kirkcaldy District Council in March 1996
Black Watch soldiers in Kkrkcaldy Town Square on the occasion of the regiment being awarded the Freedom of the District by Kirkcaldy District Council in March 1996

In March of 1996 the Black Watch regiment was awarded the Freedom of the District by Kirkcaldy District Council

They marked the occasion with a parade through the town, beginning with a display in the Town Square and ending back at their Hunter Street base.

A citation scroll was awarded to Brigadier Garry Barnett, Colonel of the regiment, by Kirkcaldy’s Provost, Robert King.

As reported by the Fife Free Press, Provost King said: “Many important civic occasions have taken place in this Town House and Town Square over the years but none will surpass today’s great occasion.

“Over the centuries the Black Watch has found the Kirkcaldy district a strong recruiting area for the Regiment.

“It is only fitting that this is the venue for today’s ceremony.”