A CHEEKY Shetland pony who once munched on the Queen's bouquet is to lead a Remembrance Parade in Peebles.

Cruachan IV, who also had a nibble of Prince Harry's fingers, is the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

And on Saturday, November 10 he will march down the town's High Street as the build up to the centenary of Armistice continues.

A packed programme of events will take place in the Royal Burgh in the days and weeks leading up to the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

The Saturday Parade will see local primary school children carry the names of each of the servicemen and servicewomen from Peeblesshire killed during the conflict.

And they will be joined by Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion, Army Cadets and Peebles Ex-Servicemen's Pipe Band.

Major John Currie from the organising committee told us: "Final preparations are being made for the Remembrance March on Saturday, November 10 and we are delighted that Cruachan IV will be at the head.

"Many organisations are already involved and we would be delighted to hear from any other groups or individuals who would like to pay their respects to the fallen by taking part."

The Shetland mascot tradition began in 1928.

The first to march with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was Cruachan I, a jet black Shetland pony gelding, who joined with the title of 'Pony Major'.

Since then, the position has been held by another three black Shetland geldings, with Cruachan III, a pony especially adored by the Queen, retiring at the grand old age of 23 in 2012.

Over the past six years Cruachan IV has become infamous for his antics around the Royals.

And it is hoped he'll be on his best behaviour when he arrives in Peebles on November 10.

The Saturday Remembrance Parade will muster at The Gytes at 9.30am for a 10am departure.

Cruachan IV will lead the march onto the High Street and down to the Old Parish Church.

Community Choir InChorus will perform on the steps of the Church from 10.15am.

As part of the build up to the centenary commemorations an appeal has been made for local families to tell the stories of their loved ones during and after the Great War.

Anyone who can contribute to telling the story of Peeblesshire and its people during the Great War is asked to send stories and photographs to remembrance1918@gmail.com

To take part in the Saturday Parade contact Major Currie at john.currie581@btinternet.com