Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memories on March as Fusiliers Parade

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memories on March as Fusiliers Parade

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Byline: By Dave Black

Old comrades from one of the Army's most famous regiments stood side by side again in Northumberland yesterday to honour England's patron saint.

About 100 former soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, some in their 80s, marched proudly through the streets of Ashington in the annual St George's Day parade.

Scores of people turned out to watch as the former pit town hosted the fusiliers' St George's Day service and procession for the first time.

The regiment was established on St George's Day more than 350 years ago.

In 1968, the county regiment was amalgamated with three other fusilier regiments from Lancashire, Warwickshire and London to create the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

St George is the fusiliers' patron saint and the regimental cap badge features the Christian martyr slaying the dragon.

Every year the fusiliers mark the occasion with a church service and parade in one of its home towns on the nearest Sunday to April 23. …

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