Medics granted Freedom of the Borough

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Army medics in Chorley received a prestigious honour this week.

At Chorley Council’s full council meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted unanimously to grant Freedom of the Borough to 3 Medical Regiment.

The regiment will now be able to march through the streets of Chorley on all ceremonial occasions with drums beating, bands playing, colours flying and bayonets fixed.

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

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “It’s an honour to grant the 3 Regiment the Freedom of the Borough.

Coun Mark Perks, leader of the opposition, added: “We fully support this decision, it’s important the regiment is recognised.”

Previously, 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.

Independent councillor Ralph Snape said: “What is Freedom of the Borough?

“It doesn’t mean you can get a free pint or a free taxi ride or watch Chorley FC for free.

“What it means is pride and I fully support the decision.”