TA soldiers in annual parade

Territorial Army soldiers from Tynemouth were among those taking part in a St George’s Day parade through Newcastle at the weekend.

Around 150 soldiers, including those from the fifth battalion royal regiment of fusiliers, based at Tynemouth TA centre, paraded from the Civic Centre through the town on Saturday as part of their annual parade to mark the day of their birth.

The salute was taken by Lord Percy, before the parade stopped at St Nicholas’ Cathedral for a service.

Lieutenant Colonel Karl Mace said: “St George’s Day is our regimental birthday, so it is an honour to parade through Newcastle.

“St George’s day is particularly important to the fusiliers, and it is a very important day for the English.

“It is a privilege to march through Newcastle.”

The batallion formed on April 23, 1968.