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It's time for the changing of guard at Palace Barracks in Holywood

By Rebecca Black

This weekend sees the changing of the guard at one of the Northern Ireland's biggest Army bases. For the last five years 2 Mercian have been based at Palace Barracks in Holywood, but this English regiment has left and is being replaced by 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Around 600 soldiers along with their families are moving into the Holywood base from where they were previously stationed at Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh.

The Scottish soldiers will join the 152 Fuel Support Regiment, the Northern Ireland Royal Marine Reserves, Armed Forces recruitment op in NI, EOD support (bomb squad) and MI5 in being based at Palace Barracks.

Meanwhile 2 Mercian have moved to a new base in Canterbury as part of a major army restructuring programme which was announced last year.

An MoD spokesman said: "The battalion has started to arrive into Palace Barracks, it will become their home for the foreseeable future.

"They have had a busy time recently with deployments in Afghanistan and the Balkans."

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