Today (september 19th) in Llandudno, the 203 Welsh Field Hospital (V) Volunteers, who have served in Afghanistan, were given the freedom of Llandudno at a special meeting of the Llandudno Town Council.
They paraded from the town hall on Lloyd Street, with the Llandudno Town Band. Many people stopped shopping to watch, with lots of tourists also joining in the celebrations.
They then went through town to the promenade, and held a short service before the cenotaph, with prayers, hymns, and the national anthem of the UK.
They placed a wreath on the cenotaph, before the Lord Mayor of Llandudno. Conwy County councillor Philip Evans, also a Llandudno Town councillor, explained why the council have taken this decision:
“We felt is was topical in the sense that they have been to Afghanistan. Llandudno Town Council will be the only authority in Wales which will be conferring the freedom of their town in this way.”
Lots of wellwishers and people about town stopped what they were doing to watch.
They are territorial army medics, and have served in Afghanistan. They have a base in Argyll Road in Llandudno, as well as Swansea, Cardiff and Abergavenny.
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