Town’s salutations to the marching pipers

Nostalgia - 5th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Nostalgia - 5th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
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THE PHOTOGRAPH of a pipe band marching through the town printed in the February 29 edition attracted a lot of interest from our readers.

Marion Morrison identified them as the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who were stationed at Osgodby.

Although only a child, she remembers going to dances at Osgodby with her mother.

Tim Bradford also identified them as the Highlanders and told us they paraded on a number of occasions in aid of various objectives. On at least one occasion they marched all the way out along Willingham Road to the Racecourse and back again.

On their return, ‘The Salute’ would be taken by some local or visiting dignitary perched on top of the flat-roofed air raid shelter that ran along two-thirds of the western side of the Market Square.

The picture, right, was sent to us by A J Wilkinson of Osgodby and shows a similar parade, but this time of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Having arrived by train, marching to the camp in Osgodby woods, believed to be from November 1943.

The fusiliers are also known to have marched through the town on April 15, 1944. An extract from the war diaries of the 5th Battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers stationed at Osgodby Moor for this day reads: “Three officers and 150 men marched in procession for ‘Salute the Soldier’ campaign in Market Rasen. The Pipe Band was also on parade.”

Our thanks go to everyone who contacted us about the parade and if anyone has any information, pictures or memories of the air raid shelter mentioned by Mr Bradford we would love to hear from you.

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