Lord James Percy fired a cannon shot at Alnwick Castle yesterday to highlight the new exhibition at the Fusiliers Museum.
The museum, located in the Abbot’s Tower at the Castle, has opened its latest exhibition featuring the Northumberland Fusiliers in the First World War. The new display has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Nicola Day, the museum’s activities officer, said: “It’s a wonderful exhibition with an extraordinary story to tell, commemorating the service of the Northumberland Fusiliers in the First World War and highlighting many personal stories of the men involved.”
Lord James Percy, Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, performed the opening ceremony by firing a cannon from the Castle’s Gun Terrace. Crowds of visitors then looked at a display of old muskets, as the Fusiliers got their name from their ‘fusils’ or muskets, before being entertained by drummers from Northumbria Army Cadet Force.
The Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Karl Mace, said: “The Army Reserve Soldiers in my battalion are aware of the tremendous history of the Fusiliers which they have inherited.
“In the First World War, the regiment raised 52 battalions, more than any regiment in the army at that time and I am pleased that the volunteer spirit which existed then is still evident and that the opportunity for service in the regiment as Army Reserve soldiers still exists.
“I am also pleased to announce that we are in the process of forming a new Reconnaissance Platoon, based at The Duke of Northumberland Barracks, Lisburn Terrace, Alnwick (formerly the TA Centre). Any young man interested should contact Captain Boyd on 01670 813344 or by email.”