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Bury Parish Church - Lancashire Fusiliers Colours
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All,

For some time I have sought to identify all of the Lancashire Fusilier Regimental Colours 'laid up' in St Mary's parish church in Bury.
I was then informed a number of years ago by the Rector that it is the tradition in the Anglican church dating back centuries, that laid up colours are never disturbed after their laying up and are allowed to decay until there is nothing left. That certainly is the tradition. Queen's Regulations call for colours to be laid up 'in a church or other public building', and note that no public funds shall be spent on them once the colours have been laid up (so it may be a tradition borne out of expediency!). Attitudes vary from one incumbent to another. One local vicar refuses to spend any church funds on restoring or conserving the colours in his keeping, so if it is to be done, it will be up to the Friends of the church to raise the money. Whereas at one time it was seen as somehow 'noble' for a colour to decay to dust over the years, I think there is now a tendency to try and preserve Colours. Since the phrase, 'public building' can include the regimental museum also.

My reason for posting this article is one of interest in preserving our proud heritage by considering the future restoration of regimental colours of past Lancashire Fusilier battalions as a possible future project before they indeed crumble to dust. However, my aim first is to identify how many and what Bn's are indeed laid up in St Mary's parish church, Bury. Any information will prove helpful etc. Regards Les


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