Foot and Mouth Disease
Much has been written about this blight suffered by the whole of the United Kinkdom and the hardship it caused to so many. Not only did it effect the farming community but the
resultant widespread publicity ensured many overseas visitors would not come near our country.
The task of co-ordinating the fight against the disease eventually fell to the armed forces who responded magnificently to the challenge ahead of them. Clearing up in the Scottish Border area fell mainly to The Highlanders who were stationed in Edinburgh at that time. This was a co-ordinated effort led by General Gordon and the regiments and corps of 2 Div.
This was hard gruelling work and we owe all of them a vote of thanks for they way the dealt with this crisis and the people who were hit hardest - those whose livestock had to be culled.
We still have a long way to go to get consumer confidence back to what it was pre Foot and Mouth but hopefully visitors will return to Scotland. I can assure you all it is safe to walk in the country and the food is safe to eat.