Don't Cut Ties with Scotland's Proud Military Heritage; FALLOUT FUNDING FOR ARMY MUSEUMS SLASHED; Regiments Fear History Link and Recruitment Will Suffer

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Don't Cut Ties with Scotland's Proud Military Heritage; FALLOUT FUNDING FOR ARMY MUSEUMS SLASHED; Regiments Fear History Link and Recruitment Will Suffer


Byline: s.stewart@dailyrecord.co.uk STEPHEN STEWART

DEFENCE chiefs have slashed funding for Army regimental museums, triggering fears that Scotland will lose its links to military history.

Veterans are outraged the Ministry of Defence are cutting funding, saying it could spark a recruitment drop in traditional heartlands.

The Gordon Highlanders Museumin Aberdeen is due to lose its funding later this year. But more could face the axe as the MOD said they will fund only one museum for each of the current British Army regiments.

Captain Doug Hamilton, Low Parks The Museum of Regiment. of Edinburgh Beattie won the Military Cross in 2006 for bravery while serving in Afghanistan and retired after 27 years in the Army.

He said: "Sadly, we are losing our footprint around the country. We are losing our roots in areas where we might have recruited quite heavily in the past."

The Gordon Highlanders Museum will lose about PS20,000 worth of funding each year when the cuts come into force in April

He said: "The support we have had from the MOD in recent years has been limited, amounting to about PS20,000 per annum. We've been aware that our funding wouldn't be continued beyond April for a Camerons)) Museum, Perth Fusilier Glasgow Fusiliers, Infantry) Museum, number of years and have been planning for this outcome.

"While it would have been nice to have continued to receive the funding from the MOD, the museum is in a good position because of our planning. …

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