Published on 23.04.2022

St George’s Day parade in Alnwick – pictures and video

Hundreds of people gathered in Alnwick today to witness St George’s Day celebrations.

The first ceremony was at Alnwick Castle where a salute was taken by Lord James Percy, Honorary Colonel of the 5th Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Troops, cadets and veterans paraded in the Inner Bailey where the Duke of Northumberland and The Duchess of Northumberland, Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, were in attendance.

This was followed by a service in St Michael’s Church and then a parade through the town centre where a salute was taken in Bondgate Within.

Alnwick Town Mayor, Councillor Lynda Wearn said: “It was wonderful to see the town so full today as members of the public gathered to watch the parade. The Fusiliers have long-standing historical connections with Alnwick and the town is very proud of that association.”

The Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers were at the front of the parade and today also marks the 54th anniversary of the regiment which was formed on St George’s Day in 1968.

The Fusiliers have seen service across the world and in regions as diverse as Northern Ireland and Cyprus. More recently the Regiment served in the Balkans, the 1st and 2nd Gulf Wars and the Afghanistan campaign.

The Regiment is well known for its distinctive red and white hackle which is worn by all ranks and was awarded in recognition for the defeat of the French at the Battle of St Lucia in 1778.

The Regiment has four museums, one of which is located in the grounds of Alnwick Castle.

VIDEO the parade can be seen on the Alnwick Town Council YouTube Channel HERE