Royal Occasion: Fusiliers to parade through Rochdale for a special anniversary

Fusiliers, veterans and cadets will parade down Yorkshire Street and along the Esplanade followed by a reception at Rochdale Town Hall.

The 50th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be celebrated in style with a unique parade through Rochdale town centre on Saturday 28 April.

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It will be a proud day for the generations of local armed forces personnel who have served in the Fusilier Regiment since its formation in 1968.

Fusiliers, veterans and cadets will parade down Yorkshire Street and along the Esplanade followed by a reception at Rochdale Town Hall.

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers last marched through Rochdale town centre in 2013

Rochdale’s event is one of many happening across the country, as fusiliers past and present come together to celebrate half a century of successful service.

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The Fusiliers was merged into one organisation in 1968 following the amalgamation of the four English regiments, which included the Lancashire Fusiliers.

Since then they have provided vital support for significant conflicts across the world including in the Balkans, the Gulf War and in Afghanistan.

The Lancashire Fusiliers were awarded the freedom of the borough of Rochdale in 1947 and this honour transferred to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers on its formation in 1968.

Caen Matthews, armed forces lead officer at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “It will be a remarkably special day to see generations of fusiliers marking this historic moment.

We have people from across the armed forces community joining the parade, so let’s hope people line the streets of Rochdale and we have an anniversary event to remember.”

The Fusiliers march through Rochdale in 2013 was a special homecoming parade following their service in Afghanistan

The Fusiliers parade on Saturday 28 April will begin at 11.15am the top of Yorkshire Street, followed by a salute at the Cenotaph at 11.30am.

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

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