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'Last big parade' for famous Gordon Highlanders regiment

Gordon Highlanders parade

Hundreds of veterans of the historic Gordon Highlanders regiment have taken part in what is thought likely to be their last major parade.

The famous regiment was amalgamated in 1994 to become part of the Highlanders, with Prince Charles its last colonel-in-chief.

Saturday's event was held in the Moray town of Buckie.

It honoured recipients of the Victoria Cross, the UK's highest award for gallantry.

'Last opportunity'

Speaking before the event, retired regimental Major Grenville Irvine-Fortescue said it would be a significant day.

He said: "Some people are concerned that this may be the last big gathering, I think of its size it will be.

"Of course the regimental association has a number of branches scattered from Inverness to London, and those branches will continue to have reunions and gatherings on a smaller scale.

"But everybody is getting a little bit older, and gathering everybody together for one big event where we are all still fit enough to march and enjoy the occasion and treat it with the dignity that such an occasion is due, it's really going to be the last opportunity we have."

A plaque was also unveiled to commemorate Private George McIntosh, who was one of the regiment's VC recipients, and is buried in Buckie.

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Image caption One family lost five sons who served with the Gordon Highlanders in World War One

In November, BBC Scotland told how Peter and Elspeth Tocher from Aberdeen lost five sons who served with the Gordon Highlanders in World War One.

The father of the five men also enlisted as he was so distraught to be losing his sons one by one.

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