09 Feb 2011 Army Chefs with David Lunan

Whitefoord House called in Army Chefs from the Royal Regiment of Scotland following an electric power cut in the city’s Canongate area. The chefs from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) came to the rescue by providing a hot lunch for the 82 residents.

SVR spokeswoman Susie Hamilton explained:

"Whitefoord House suffered an electric power cut on Monday evening until around midday Tuesday [8 February 2011]. There was no heating, and the kitchen staff was unable to prepare hot cooked breakfasts for the residents, and there was not enough time to prepare Tuesday’s lunch so we called 1 SCOTS to see if they could assist."

"They couldn’t have been more helpful!  A first course of lentil soup, along with a choice of mince and tatties, fish and chips, or sausage casserole arrived at 12 noon on the dot. The residents loved it and scoffed the lot!"

Ninety-three-year-old David Lunan from Edinburgh, who has been a resident for 14 years said: "It was one of the best lunches I’ve had for ages. Nothing against the SVR cooks, but it was great to have food cooked by Army chefs once again. “And it was a lot better than the rations we got when I served with the Royal Engineers during World War II!"

Army Chef Sergeant Darren Work (31) who is attached to 1 SCOTS explained: "We were delighted to help. They are military veterans after all, and many of the residents served with the Royal Scots who are the antecedent regiment to 1 SCOTS who are still based in the city at Dreghorn Barracks where we prepared the meals."

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