WATCH: Laying-up ceremony in Alnwick

A special ceremony to lay-up the old Colours of a North-East battalion was staged this afternoon, to conclude a momentous occasion for the unit.

The 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was presented with new Colours in Alnwick today, for the first time in its history.

The service in St Michael's Church. Picture by Jane Coltman

The service in St Michael's Church. Picture by Jane Coltman

As part of the special day, the old standards, known as Colours, of the 5th and now-defunct 6th Battalion, were laid to rest in St Michael’s Church, where they will stay.

The service started at 3pm and the Duke of Kent, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, and Lord James Percy, who is the Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, were among the invited guests.

The ceremony included a welcome by the vicar of St Michael’s Church Rev Paul Scott, while a sermon was read by the Deputy Chaplain-General The Venerable PA Eagles QHC.

The Colour Party, with the old Colours carried aloft, moved forward to the Regimental Slow March, before the standards were placed on the altar. The congregation came together in prayer and the National Anthem brought the service to a close.

The laying-up ceremony, which means that the old Colours will no longer be used for ceremonial events, followed a march through the town and the presentation of the new Colours to the 5th Battalion in Alnwick Castle.

Video by Jane Coltman