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Right to march on streets
THE East Lancashire Regiment was given the right to ‘march through the streets on all ceremonial occasions, with drums beating, bands playing and bayonets fixed’ by Blackburn town council, in 1947.
The regiment had a battle history dating back to 1702.
Before the second World War, the 4th and 5th Battalion had its headquarters in Blackburn and companies in Burnley, Padiham, Accrington, Darwen and Haslingden.
But in 1939 the regiment was formed into distinct units and subsequently the 4th battalion was reconstituted as a territorial unit, based in Blackburn.
The story of the East Lancashire’s went back to the days of William III who ordered the raising of a regiment, which was then known as the 30th Foot.
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