Army medics to march through Exeter today

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010

Saturday, July 26 - The 243 (The Wessex) Field Hospital will exercise its freedom rights on today when it parades through Exeter city centre.

The 243 (The Wessex) Field Hospital will exercise its freedom rights on today when it parades through Exeter city centre.

This will be the first time that the Field Hospital has exercised its rights since being awarded them as part of Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002, and is also timed to commemorate the centenary of the founding of the Territorial Army.

As part of the TA, all of those who will be marching on Saturday are volunteers and take time off from their normal day to day jobs to undertake service in the Field Hospital.

They have recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Paul Smith, the Lord Lieutenant and the Commanding Officer from the Field Hospital will inspect the parade at 11am at the Civic Centre.

After this, the parade steps off at 11.30am, to follow a route along the High Street with the Lord Mayor, Lord Lieutenant and the Commanding Officer of the Field Hospital taking the salute at The Guildhall.

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