Proud day as borough comes together to mark Fusiliers special anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was marked with a day of celebrations and a parade through Rochdale town centre.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to see Fusiliers, veterans and cadets parade down Yorkshire Street to the cenotaph where a walk past and salute took place.

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Later, a reception took place at Rochdale Town Hall where people from across the armed forces community gathered to reminisce and reflect.

A selection of Armed Forces flags was flown during the parade

Dignitaries at Saturday’s event included the Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Ian Duckworth, local councillors and the Members of Parliament for Rochdale and Heywood and Middleton.

It was proud day for Fusilier’s past and present who have served the regiment with distinction over the last half-century.

Lancashire Fusiliers go back even further with local links, producing a proud 280-year history before they merged with different regiments in 1968.

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The parade was one of many taking place across the nation to celebrate half a century of successful service.

Fusiliers have contributed vital support for major conflicts throughout its history, including in the Balkans, the Gulf War and in Afghanistan.

Armed forces officer, Caen Matthews for Rochdale Borough Council, said:

“The borough of Rochdale has proud and historic links with the Fusiliers so it was an important day for members of the armed forces community and their family and friends.

“It was great to see people of all ages watching the spectacle of the parade through Rochdale.

We never forget those, past and present, who have served this revered regiment with such honour and distinction.

Thanks to everyone who made it a day to remember.”

Major Algy Cole, of the Fusiliers Regiment, said:

“The regiment was delighted to be allowed to hold a freedom parade in Rochdale in our 50th Anniversary year.

Rochdale has always been a firm friend and supporter of the Fusiliers, and we knew we would be well received.

It was a proud day for the armed forces community

Saturday’s reception by the public and the council amply demonstrated that.

Our general defined it as “a cracking weekend”, and I fully agree. Thank you, Rochdale.”

For more information regarding this story, please contact Rochdale Borough Council’s media team on 01706 926002 or newsdesk@rochdale.gov.uk

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