Freedom of the borough given to honour soldiers

5 General Support Medical Regiment marching past Chorley Town Hall in 2007
5 General Support Medical Regiment marching past Chorley Town Hall in 2007

Soldiers will march through Chorley town centre in honour of being awarded the freedom of the borough.

Chorley Council will bestow the honour on the 3 Medical Regiment to mark the regiment’s close association with the borough

“It is a great sight to see the soldiers marching through town and I would urge people to come and share this rare occasion with us and line the streets to watch 3 Medical Regiment and listen to the Royal Engineers Band.”

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council

It follows changes to 64 Medical Squadron, based at the Army Reserve Centre on Devonshire Road, which received the freedom of the borough in 2007 when it was part of 5 Medical Regiment.

Last year it moved under the control of 3 Medical Regiment, based at Fulwood Barracks in Preston, so the honour is now being granted to that regiment.

On Saturday, June 6, a special council meeting will be held, followed by a service at St Laurence’s Church in Chorley.

The full regiment will assemble on St Thomas’ Square at 11am, where the Mayor of Chorley, Coun Marion Lowe, will present a freedom scroll to them at 11.15am.

The regiment will then march through the town centre and some roads will be closed, with most reopened once the soldiers have passed.

The parade is being held on the same day as Chorley Carnival, but will take place before the carnival parade.

Deputy council leader, Coun Peter Wilson, said: “The freedom of the borough was last given in 2007 to honour those local men and women who serve in 64 Squadron based at the barracks in Chorley.

“However, as our local squadron now serves within another regiment, it is only right that we recognise that regiment in the same way.

“It is a great sight to see the soldiers marching through town and I would urge people to come and share this rare occasion with us and line the streets to watch 3 Medical Regiment and listen to the Royal Engineers Band.”