Armed Forces Day parade in St Andrews

St Andrews is to mark Armed Forces Day with a parade and flag raising ceremony hosted by Fife Provost Frances Melville in the town centre on June 20.

Being held as part of the national celebrations in Edinburgh from June 24-26, it is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made by our country by those who serve and have served in HM armed forces.

It is also viewed as giving the nation an opportunity to show their support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community - from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets.

The colourful parade will form outside the centuries old Parliament Hall in South Street and those taking part will march along South Street to the grounds of Madras College before returning to outside the Town Hall for an inspection and a flag raising ceremony.

The parade - it is due to start at 4.30pm - will cause some traffic disruption and parking restrictions in the centre of the town, with a temporary closure from 3pm until 7pm of South Street, from its junction with Bell Street to its junction with Abbey Street, and Church Street from its junction with Market Street to its junction with South Street.

Queens Gardens will also be closed off from its junction with South Street to its junction with Queens Terrace, although there will be access for residents and businesses from Queens Terrace only.

The alternative route for northbound traffic will be via the A917 Abbey Street, North Street and the A915 City Road, while the alternative route for eastbound traffic will be via St Mary’s Place, Greyfriars Garden, the A917 North Street and Abbey Street.

Between 1pm and 7pm, no parking will be permitted on both sides of Queens Gardens from its junction with South Street and on both sides of South Street from its junction with Bell Street in an easterly direction to its junction with Abbey Street.