Freedom of the Borough Parade - Sunday 12 September 2021, 12:10pm

Date: 

Monday, 23 August, 2021

Join us watching a fantastic military parade around Camberley town centre to celebrate and thank the military Joint Hospital Group (South East), the military unit that works as part of Frimley Park Hospital, for their incredible service throughout the COVID pandemic.

At its Annual Council meeting in May, Surrey Heath Borough Council approved a formal motion that given the longstanding links between the Borough, the Ministry of Defence and Frimley Park Hospital, and in recognition of the extraordinary service provided during the pandemic, the Freedom of the Borough be conferred on all ranks of the Joint Hospital Group (South East).

Councillor Colin Dougan, Deputy Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council said:

“The Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour that a local authority can bestow on a military organisation and allows them the privilege of marching on ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.

This event is our opportunity to say thank you for the extraordinary service of the Joint Hospital Group over the last 20 years at Frimley Park Hospital. It will also enable the people of the Borough to thank, not just the Joint Hospital Group, but Frimley Park Hospital and all NHS staff for their selfless service during the pandemic. It promises to be an amazing historic event for the borough.  

Please join us lining the route of the parade and show your support for these incredible people who have done so much for us over the past difficult months.”

Joint Hospital Group Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tessa Grieves, said;

“We are absolutely honoured and delighted to be awarded the Freedom of the Borough by Surrey Heath Borough Council for recognising the outstanding work by both the military and NHS staff. 

We very much value our longstanding 25 years affiliation with Frimley Park Hospital and working closely alongside our NHS colleagues and truly appreciate you wishing to express your thanks for all the incredible hard work and dedication by these caring professionals.”

To receive the Freedom, the Joint Hospital Group will parade through Camberley town centre led by a military marching band and will be accompanied by representation from the Frimley and Camberley Cadet Corps.

The public are warmly welcomed to line the parade route to help celebrate this historic occasion and say thank you to military medical personnel both past and present.

Timings

The Parade will set off from the War Memorial Gate of the Royal Military Academy at 12.10pm and is anticipated to last around an hour, including a break for speeches and presentations in front of Surrey Heath House on Knoll Road.

Route

The parade will march down Park Street, Pembroke Broadway, a section of Portesbery Road and Knoll Road before stopping in front of Surrey Heath House to receive speeches and presentations. The parade will then march again, turning onto St George’s Road, down the High Street, left onto Portesbery Road and Knoll Road for a second time before offering a salute on the second pass of Surrey Heath House. The parade will then march back to the gates of the Royal Military Academy. 

You can view a map of the route here