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Coloured Debate


The fate of the Colours of the old King’s Own Scottish Borderers is the subject of debate and the future of the regimental museum in Berwick has been thrown into mix. The KOSB colours were retired earlier this year when the Queen presented the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, which was created in 2006 by merging the KOSB with the Royal Scots, with its own colours. The KOSB was raised in Edinburgh in 1689 and some argue the old colours should be preserved there. But the old regimental depot and museum is in Berwick and there are growing calls for the colours to be laid up at the historic Berwick Barracks. The problem may be that it’s feared English Heritage, who own the old barracks complex, want to turn it into luxury flats. The museum’s opening hours have already been cut in what many supporters regard as an attempt to cut visitor numbers down so much that its closure will be justified. It’s a good little museum and it would be a tragedy if is shut down.An online appeal has been launched to bring the Colours to Berwick -Berwick4borderers

The site also includes details of plans to save the museum and use the barracks complex to help injured ex-service personnel and their families.



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