Call to give Freedom of the Borough to army medics

Photo Ian Robinson'Parade at Lancaster House the Army Reserves Centre in Chorley, to mark D (64) Medical Squadron's official transfer to 3 Medical Regiment
Photo Ian Robinson'Parade at Lancaster House the Army Reserves Centre in Chorley, to mark D (64) Medical Squadron's official transfer to 3 Medical Regiment

Councillors will be asked to grant the Freedom of the Borough to army medics at a meeting this evening.

The council granted Freedom of the Borough status to 5 Medical Regiment in 2007.

64 Medical Squadron is based at the Army Reserves Centre, Devonshire Road, Chorley, and was previously part of 5 Medical Regiment.

Earlier this year, 64 Medical Squadron was moved under the command of 3 Medical Regiment who moved into Fulwood Barracks, Preston in August.

Chorley Council’s full council will be told this evening: “In view of the change in regiment, the council is asked to consider granting Freedom of the Borough status to 3 Medical Regiment.

“This would acknowledge the council’s continued commitment to and appreciation for the work of 64 Medical Squadron.

“Formal granting of Freedom of the Borough is normally undertaken at a special meeting of the council meeting prior to a church service with the mayor presenting a freedom scroll to the commanding officer and the regiment marching though the town.”

Coun Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “The Freedom of the Borough was given in 2007 to honour those local men and women who serve in 64 Squadron based at the Barracks in Chorley, so if our local squadron now serves within another regiment, it is only right that we recognise that regiment in the same way. We are very proud of our close ties with the Armed Forces.”

He added: “Indeed we have already pledged our support for them with the signing of a community covenant which is a public undertaking that both the civilian and Armed Forces communities will work together to help and support each other.”

If the decision is given, Freedom of the Borough will allow the regiment to be able to march through the streets of Chorley on all ceremonial occasions with “drums beating, bands playing, colours flying and bayonets fixed.’