King's Own Scottish Borderers mark Minden Day in Berwick

A scaled back event saw Minden Day marked in Berwick.

Monday, 2nd August 2021, 12:04 pm

The event celebrates the greatest victory in the long and distinguished history of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB).

On August 1, 1759 during the Seven Years’ War, a combined force of British and Prussian allies assembled in the vicinity of Minden, in north-west Germany.

It became an iconic victory for the 'Minden' regiments who - wearing the roses they plucked from the hedgerows - repelled the attacks of the French cavalry.

Minden Day in Berwick.

The tradition has continued and now involves wearing the Minden roses on regimental headdress.

Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, the traditional gathering of KOSB veterans in Berwick Barracks followed by a parade through the town could not be held this year.

However, a number of ex-soldiers and their families gathered outside the barracks on Saturday to be presented with Minden roses and watch a performance by Berwick and Eyemouth Pipe Band.

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The presentation of Minden roses.
KOSB veterans outside Berwick Barracks.
Berwick and Eyemouth Pipe Band play outside Berwick Barracks.
Berwick and Eyemouth Pipe Band play on Minden Day.