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Regimental Colours

30 January  – 23 May 2015

THE award-winning Museum of the Manchester Regiment in Ashton-under-Lyne is well known for flying the flag - but for its latest exhibition it’s doing it in a different way.

Rather than focusing on the banners troops carried into battle, “Regimental Colours” looks at the many shades and hues associated with the regiment from its raising in 1758 to its current incarnation as part of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Among the items on display are the scarlet tunic worn by Sgt John Frankland (356) of the 4th Volunteer Battalion, later 7th Battalion Manchester Regiment, between 1878 and 1891. Visitors can also see the elaborate pieces of embroidery made by George Broadbent Taylor at the end of the 19th century.

There is also Col Francis Dorling’s blue frock coat, and a battledress blouse of the type familiar to men who did national service in the years between 1939 and 1963. There are also examples of the uniform worn on active service in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cllr Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “‘Regimental Colours’ gives a fascinating new take on the Manchester Regiment. Visitors can see uniforms ranging from traditional red coats, to the khaki of the early 20th century and the multi-terrain pattern (MTP) worn by current soldiers.”

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