More good news from Bury of all places as featured in the Manchester Evening News yesterday. Are we seeing a significant and positive change in the public perception of the armed forces? Soldiers get fit for free Paul Britton 20/11/2007 SOLDIERS can go on exercises they really enjoy - by using a town's sports centres for free. Serving squaddies, sailors and airmen are being offered the chance to work out and swim by Bury council. The service is to honour the sacrifices made by our forces - and celebrate the town's strong links with them. Council bosses say the scheme could be extended to include former personnel. Council leader Bob Bibby said: "Members of the armed services face extraordinary risks for the good of our country and often don't get the recognition they deserve. "Bury has a proud tradition of being associated with the services and long may that association continue. By taking this step we are doing what we can to show our appreciation and admiration for their bravery, and our gratitude for what they do. "A lot of people do not acknowledge the work of servicemen and women. My great nephew is going to join the RAF and I am very proud of him. These people give everything for their country while we sit pretty." A £3.4m project to move the regimental museum of the Lancashire Fusiliers from the Wellington Army barracks to Bury Arts and Craft Centre is underway. The Lancashire Fusiliers famously won `six Victoria Crosses before breakfast' in the First World War's Gallipoli landings of 1915. The museum's new home - which includes artefacts belonging to Emperor Napoleon - is expected to open within a year. Lt Col Mike Glover, museum curator, welcomed the free exercise plan. He said: "This shows the strong links between the services and Bury. The initiative is much appreciated. It acknowledges the sacrifices that today's armed forces make for this country. It is also a good way of keeping fit."