THE Fusilier Museum has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its move to Bury town centre.

The military museum, which tells the stories of The Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, first opened its doors to the public at Wellington Barracks in Bolton Road in 1934.

It remained there for 75 years until moving to a bigger site in Moss Street in 2009.

After a £4.2 million relocation project, the museum opened its doors on St George’s Day and was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Kent later that year.

In 2014, the museum completed the second phase of its relocation with the redevelopment of the top floor, including a new state-of-the-art conference and events space and an open store to house the museums collection and the re-location of The Fusilier Archive.

The museum now welcomes more than 25,000 visitors each year and has hosted a wide range of temporary exhibitions, including 6VC’s before breakfast, 18 for 18, and, most recently 'Army Brides: Dresses through the Decades', which looks at bridal fashion during the last century.

The museum has also become a popular conference and events venue, as well as an education learning centre for thousands of school children each year.

Speaking as the museum marked the tenth anniversary on Tuesday, its chairman, Colonel Brian Gorski, said: “I have been involved with the museum for many years and have seen it grow from strength to strength during this time.

"Myself and the board of trustees have always had ambitious plans for the museum and we will continue to maintain its position as one of the leading military museums in the country.

"Our success wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment from all our staff and the board of trustees.

"A huge thank you to them for their continued support as well as external supporters and organisations.”