Centenary parade set to take place in Alnwick on Sunday

The 3rd Tyneside Scottish arriving in Alnwick.
The 3rd Tyneside Scottish arriving in Alnwick.

A series of events to mark the centenary of the march of the 20th (Service) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (1st Tyneside Scottish) from Newcastle to Alnwick Camp are taking place this weekend.

At the heart of the events is a parade in Alnwick to recreate the arrival of the 20th Battalion in 1915, on Sunday, February 1, from St Paul’s School all the way through the town centre to the Castle.

Event organiser, Dave Barras, of the Western Front Association, said: “We are very pleased to have had such a lot of interest shown in all these events and have had strong bookings for the talk in Felton on Saturday and have more than 100 people across all age groups who have indicated they wish to march into Alnwick on Sunday.

“There will be some limited disruption to traffic in Alnwick between 1pm and 1.50pm on Sunday along the march route with some short road closures. Clearly we are sorry if this causes anyone disruption.

“We are working hard to put on an event which enables our community to give a moment’s thought to those local men who selflessly volunteered to serve in the Tyneside Scottish Battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers who marched into Alnwick 100 years ago on the first stage of their journey to the Western Front, the Battle of the Somme and beyond.”

Anyone with queries or last-minute bookings to take part can contact Dave on 07703 603792 or email dave.barras@positivesupportintees.co.uk.

On Saturday at 11.15am, there will an act of commemoration at Barrasbridge, Newcastle, in St Thomas the Martyr Church.

At 7.15 pm that evening, at Felton Village Hall, a talk will be given to set the historical context to the march, and the wider story of the Tyneside Scottish Brigade.

On Sunday, the parade will be held to recreate the arrival of the 20th Battalion at Alnwick 100 years before. The event will see the parade assemble at St Paul’s Middle School at 1.15pm.

It will be followed by a private reception at Alnwick Castle, which will begin at 2pm.