Prime Minister to face Black Watch soldiers The Black Watch were on the march through Aberfeldy yesterday as part of their show of appreciation to the Tayside and Fife area. PRIME MINISTER Tony Blair will come face to face with the soldiers he sent into Iraqâs infamous Triangle of Death and who now face the loss of their cherished regimental status, The Courier can exclusively reveal. By coincidence The Black Watch will parade in Dundee tomorrow at the same time as Mr Blair gives his keynote address to the Scottish Labour Party conference in the city. As he galvanises the party faithful in the Caird Hall for the expected May general election, Dundee Lord Provost John Letford will be outside in City Square taking the salute as The Black Watch march past. There had been speculation that the Prime Minister would not be meeting the men whose bravery and courage he has praised in the House of Commons on many occasions. But The Courier understands that Mr Blair will have a private meeting with representatives of the regiment. It was announced in December that Scotlandâs six single-battalion infantry regiments would be restructured to form the five-battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland. Although The Black Watch will survive as one of the five battalions, there are fears that the loss of regimental status will inevitably lead to watering down of its historic links with Tayside and Fife. The move has provoked fury. This week the outgoing regimental secretary of The Black Watch, Colonel Stephen Lindsay, said, âThis is a most uncalled for and unnecessary proposal, which I hope may yet be reversed, though I fear this would only take place if there is a change of government .â Last night Jeff Duncan, campaign manager of Save the Scottish Regiments, dismissed the meeting as a âcheap publicity stunt.â âIf Tony Blair doesnât have the courage to publicly welcome The Black Watch to Dundee then that is further proof of the underhandedness and duplicitousness of this Prime Minister,â he said. âThis will no doubt be a well choreographed publicity stunt arranged to make him look as though he is concerned for The Black Watch. âIf he was truly concerned for the future of The Black Watch he would not have decided to disband them by way of amalgamation. âBlair needs to remember that when they march down Reform Street on Friday, it could be the last time we see them march as a regiment. The real supporters of The Black Watch will see this for what is itâa cheap publicity stunt .â Dundee East MSP Shona Robison said, âWhile the people of Dundee are giving a warm welcome to The Black Watch, I suspect that Tony Blair will be a getting a frosty reception. âI challenge him to go out and have the guts to face Black Watch soldiers and their families in Dundee on Friday and tell them why their historic regiment is no longer going to continue.â An army spokesman said, âThe Black Watch are parading for the benefit of the people in the local recruiting area who supported them on their recent tour of Iraq and to say thank you for their support.â Tomorrow the Save the Scottish Regiments campaign will formally pledge their support for the SNP candidates in Dundee East and Dundee West in the general election.