DIGNITARIES and residents of a retirement village paid tribute to heroism of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and an historic peace treaty with a poignant memorial.

Two benches with plaques commemorating the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and to the memory of the fallen from the First and Second World Wars have been unveiled at the Fusiliers Court housing scheme in Elton ­— which provides independent living for older people.

A special ceremony to unveil the benches was attended by the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Trevor Holt, and Councillor Jackie Harris alongside members of the Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire).

They now proudly sit alongside a memorial stone organised by the Fusiliers Court garden committee which features the regimental badge.

Cllr Harris said: “The signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which agreed terms of settlement after the First World War, is mostly a forgotten anniversary now. I wanted Bury to commemorate the centenary and knew that the residents of Fusiliers Court would want to organise the event at their lovely gardens.”

Following the ceremony all present enjoyed a buffet and entertainment by the drummer in the court’s community room.