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Museum expansion tells the brave story of the Fusiliers

A Victoria Cross on show at the Fusiliers Museum. Credit: ITV News

A £1.4million redevelopment of the Fusilier Museum in Bury will open its doors today.

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, includes a new home for the Fusilier Archive and the opening of a state-of-the-art conference and events space which includes a new exhibition area to display more of the museum's growing collection.

The official opening will conducted by Colonel Brian Gorski, Chairman of the board at The Fusilier Museum and Tiffany Hunt, North West Committee Chair for the Heritage Lottery Fund.

On October 25 a free family open day will take place for for Bury and Lancashire residents.

Find out more about the Museum here.

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Family demanding soldiers involved in their son's death be sacked from army

Family of soldier from Bury who was shot dead by a colleague trying to fix a jammed machine gun are demanding those responsible are sacked by the army.

An inquest ruled Fusilier James Wilkinson died as a result of poor safety practices during a live exercise in Kenya.

His family say they're appalled two soldiers convicted of negligence have since been allowed to resume their careers after appealing against their sentences.

You can find out more about their petition here and their campaign on facebook

Fusilier saves pensioner who collapsed in a bank

Corporal Jonathan Rodgers visits Derrick Broome in hospital Credit: Men Syndication

Corporal Jonathan Rodgers came to the rescue of 81 year old Derek Broome when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed in a bank. The Fusilier had only left his battalion in Cyprus 2 days earlier.

Corporal Jonathan Rodgers visits Derrick Broome in hospital Credit: MEN Syndication

The pair were reunited in Fairfield Hospital, Bury. Derrick says he wouldn't have survived if it hadn't been for Jonathan's quick thinking. Jonathan was able to call on the CPR skills he'd learned during his tours of Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland to help until medics arrived.

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Fusiliers take fight to keep Battalion to London

Members of Fusiliers Association en route to London Credit: ITV Granada, Mel Barham

Around 90 members of the Fusiliers Association are going to London in a bid to save their Battalion.

Six members will hand in a petition to Downing Street against the disbandment of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.

The members will then march from Downing Street to Parliament.

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