Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

At the Double as Veterans Draw Up Battleplans for Even Bigger Fusilier Protest ; Twice as Many Soldiers Are Set to Take to Streets Other Regiments WILL Be Accepted on Demo

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

At the Double as Veterans Draw Up Battleplans for Even Bigger Fusilier Protest ; Twice as Many Soldiers Are Set to Take to Streets Other Regiments WILL Be Accepted on Demo

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stage. The government wants to close the 2nd Battalion as part of "We are discussing the possibility of another march - an even bigger march.

"We are discussing the possibility of another march - an even bigger march.

"This time we wouldbe accepting the many kind offers we had from veterans of other regimental association ahead of last month's march.

"This time we wouldbe accepting the many kind offers we had from veterans of other regimental association ahead of last month's march.

"The reason other regimental associations want to join us is "The reason other regimental associations want to join us is WAR veterans from Greater Manchester are plotting a second march in London over plans to axe the historic 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - with more than twice as many soldiers set to take the streets. The so-called 'mega-march' wouldbe expected to attract more than 1,000 veterans in a huge show of anger protest It follows an initial street demo last month, when 400 ex-Fusiliers made history by parading from Whitehall to Westminster.

It was the first time that any members of the Army had launched a public street protest since 1907.

The march preceded a key debate in the Commons in which MPs voted against the closure plans.

For the second march - unlike the first - offers to join in from other regimental associations would be accepted.

That could more than double the numbers taking part.

No date has been announced and planning remains at an early stage. The government wants to close the 2nd Battalion as part of widespread Army funding cuts.

A total of 20,000 soldiers from 17 Army units across the country will lose their jobs over eight years.

The M.E.N. has been leading the campaign against the decision to axe the Fusiliers, who have historic links with Bury and recruit heavily across the region.

More than 8,000 of our readers called on the government to think again in a petition handed to David Cameron at Downing Street. …

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