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Royal occasion: Fusiliers to parade through Rochdale for special anniversary

20 April 2018

An image of Fusiliers on parade.

The 50th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be celebrated in style with a special parade through Rochdale town centre on Saturday, 28 April 2018.

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.

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.

The Fusiliers was merged into one organisation in 1968 following the amalgamation of the 4 English regiments, which included the Lancashire Fusiliers.

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

'It will be a really special day to see generations of fusiliers marking this historic moment'

The Lancashire Fusiliers was 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, our armed forces lead officer, said: "It will be a really 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 parade on Saturday, 28 April 2018 will begin at 11.15am at the top of Yorkshire Street, followed by a salute at the Cenotaph at 11.30am.