BLACK Watch veterans from Fife celebrated Red Hackle Day with an event which saw 31 take part including several from the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area.

They enjoyed breakfast together at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, then the Regimental custom of Gunfire, which was the senior NCOs and officers serving the junior NCOs and other ranks with tea or coffee with a tot of rum, a tradition from way back in the 1800s.

It was carried out on this occasion by Cowdenbeath man, Davie Thomson, who said: "This is a tradition of a bonding of all members of the regiment and it is hoped that this will be an annual event.

"Many photographs were taken and a great time was had by all.

"Among the members was our new President elect Major Halford McLeod, son of the late Lt Col Philip Halford McLeod, our leader for many years."

Jock McInnes gave a toast to the regiment, remembering absent friends, and also a special thank-you to the Rothes Halls staff and cafe members for their tolerance and kindness. A group photograph was taken outside.