SOUTH Yorkshire soldier Ben Parkinson was among the guests of honour when the Marching Band of the Scots Guards took their military musical mastery to Rotherham.
Shoppers were brought to a standstill as the band - in distinctive grey uniforms, bear skin hats bristling in the breeze - made its way from Rotherham Town Hall, along Moorgate Street and High Street, on a route that led to All Saints Square for a static performance.
Famous across the world, not least after releasing some performances on an album, the band forms part of the Trooping The Colour on the Queen’s birthday.
Its members played in Rotherham ahead of a huge Burns Night celebration at the Magna Science Adventure Centre on Saturday evening.
The band had travelling north from its central London base to mark Burns Night, but also to raise funds for soldiers injured in Afghanistan.
And among those watching the daytime flash of military flair was Doncaster-born Lance Bombadier Parkinson, the most seriously injured British soldier to survive an attack while on duty in Afghanistan.
The Rotherham march also held individual poignance for Major Douglas Robertson – it was the musical director’s last appearance leading the band.