Royal Regiment of Fusiliers to march through Morpeth for St George’s Day Parade

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers to march through Morpeth for St George’s Day Parade

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will celebrate St George’s Day and their freedom of Northumberland with a special church service and parade through Morpeth on Saturday 22nd April 2023.

The parade will also mark the 55thanniversary of the regiment which was formed on St George’s Day in 1968.

The Regiment has strong ties to the Newcastle area with its reserve battalion, Fifth Fusiliers based at Anzio House in Newcastle.

It is anticipated that over 200 people will take part in the parade with serving Fusiliers from Fifth Fusiliers taking part as well as Cadets and Veterans also. The parade will be reviewed by The Honorary Colonel - Lord James Percy, Colonel of The Regiment, Major General Jonathan Swift and local dignitaries.

The programme for the day starts with a special church service for invited guests at St James’ The Great Church, Morpeth before the parade then forms up on Copper Chare which is adjacent to the church.  The Church service will be conducted by Padre 5 FUSILIERS, Maj John Whalley and Rector of Morpeth, Revd Canon Simon White. The parade will then set off at approximately 11.40am and will cover a route of 1KM in distance throughout the town. The parade will halt outside Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre before VIP’s attend a special lunch at Morpeth Town Hall.

The Commanding Officer for 5 Fusiliers said: “The Parade will be spectacular and a great opportunity for everyone in Morpeth and Northumberland to pay tribute to those who serve our country so well. It’s also a great opportunity for us to showcase what we do as an infantry regiment so we look forward to meeting the people of Morpeth.”

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, known as ‘The Fusiliers’, is an English infantry Regiment in the British Army, formed from four historic Fusilier Regiments in 1968.  Since then, the Fusiliers have seen service across the world in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Balkans, the 1st and 2nd Gulf Wars and Afghanistan. The Regiment has two battalions – First Fusiliers in Tidworth and Fifth Fusiliers in Newcastle – and both adapt readily to challenging scenarios.