207 (Manchester) Field Hospital (Volunteers) marched into Albert Square in Manchester city centre led by the Lancashire Artillery Volunteer Band in the presence of the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Elaine Boyes, and the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith.
They inspected the troops before calling on Sir Howard Bernstein, Manchester City Council Chief Executive, to confer the honorary Freedom of the City upon the Field Hospital.
The Deputy Lord Mayor commended the unit’s medical skills which they utilised to treat not only British troops but also injured civilians while deployed on operations in Afghanistan:
“So today we are recognising the outstanding service of the men and women who serve in this unit. We salute their courage, dedication and commitment to duty,” said Councillor Boyes.
The medics then exercised their Freedom of the City by marching through Manchester, before joining the Lord Mayor for a reception at the Town Hall.
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