After recent speculation that the Royal Regiment will be disbanded or merged with other parts of the Army in Scotland, it’s confirmed that ‘the Black Watch is going nowhere.’
The Ministry for defence confirmed this news by simply tweeting that they are ‘going nowhere.’
Responding to the news, Highland Perthshire’s representative in Westminster said: “I think we were all alarmed when we heard the news the there was a possibility that the Black Watch would be scrapped in yet another defence review.
“But I think the sense of outrage and injustice, and just the affection that the Black Watch has held in my constituency, has managed to persuade the government it would not be fruitful course of action.”
However, regional MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Murdo Fraser, says that the announcement came ‘following some unhelpful speculation earlier in the week.’
However, Mr Fraser said, ‘I’m delighted to hear the confirmation from the Prime Minister that the future of the Black Watch is secure.’
The speculation arrived after the Sun reported that an MoD source said ‘under-strength’ battalions could be ‘rolled into each other.’
After a lot of views being expressed over the possibility over several days, the Ministry of defence Tweeted their announcement that no changes are to come.
Mr Wishart added: “So we had the news this week that the Black Watch would be saved, so I am absolutely delighted.
“But I want to thank everybody, in my constituency, who managed to get in touch and say that this is unacceptable. The Black Watch will continue, the golden thread goes on, and I’m really happy about that.”
The battalion has a special connection across Highland Perthshire because this is one of the areas which they have recruited from for a long time.
Established over 100 years ago in 1881, generations from across Perthshire, Fife, Dundee and Angus have donned the iconic Tam O’Shanter bonnet to serve their country.
It’s this connection which ties people in Highland Perthshire so closely to the Black Watch as Mr Fraser explained: “The Black Watch is not just a vital part of the British Armed Services, but is also an important part of our local contribution to the military, here in Perth and Kinross.
“And there are many local families with long-standing connections to the regiment, so it’s great to have confirmation that its future is secure.”