The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is 50 years old in 2018. To mark this special year, the Regiment has exercised their right awarded in 1947 and 1975, to hold a Freedom Parade with bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying.
The Fusiliers celebrate a number of days when their former Regiments displayed particular valour, one of which is the battle at Gallipoli in 1915.
In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead. On the Turkish side, the campaign also cost an estimated 250,000 casualties, with 65,000 killed.
In 1915 the Lancashire Fusiliers famously won six Victoria Crosses in the battle of Gallipoli – 6VC’s before breakfast’. This achievement has been celebrated and remembered ever since with church services and parades taking place every year.
The parade of the 5th Fusiliers Regiment, in commemoration of the campaign and the heavy military and civilian casualties on both sides, will take place on:
The salute at 3pm will be taken by Mr Paul Griffiths, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, His Worship the Mayor of Salford, Cllr Peter Connor and the Colonel of the Regiment.
There is no parking at the venue and road closures will be in operation along Salford Crescent for the duration of the parade.
Download a copy of a map details the parade route, best viewing points and the salute from the bottom of the page.
For more general information about Gallipoli and why its and important date for the Fusiliers Regiment please visit their website.
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