Celebration of Empire Day

The Empire Day parade is under way with the band in the lead.
The Empire Day parade is under way with the band in the lead.

LOCALS line the street to celebrate Empire Day which was greeted with much enthusiasm and pride towards the British Empire.

The idea was first suggested in 1897, though it was several years later on May 24th 1902, Queen Victoria’s birthday, that it actually took place, but was not officially recognised as an annual event until 1916.

The towns would be adorned with flags with processions from the Salvation Army and other organisations in support of the brave lads.

In 1958, Empire Day was renamed Commonwealth Day and is now celebrated on the second Monday in March.