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Army medics to parade through York city centre

York Minster will host a thanksgiving service today Credit: ITV News

More than 200 medics from 65 units across all three armed forces will attend a special thanksgiving ceremony at York minister this morning, before parading through the ancient city centre.

Among the 65 units recognised will be the 34 Field Hospital from the city's Strensall Barracks who returned from Afghanistan last month where they closed down the field hospital in Camp Bastion.

The parade will pass through Duncombe Place at 10 50 am to be inspected before a medal ceremony takes place.

The parade will be watched by the city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Ian Gillies:

"I am delighted to officially welcome 34 Field Hospital back to York, following their recent deployment, heading up the UK Medical Group in Afghanistan.

We will join them on Duncombe Place for their Freedom of Entry Parade and medals presentation and hope that many people will join us inwelcoming them safely back home.”

– The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies

Traffic restrictions will be in place between 7am and 1.30pm at Duncombe Place, Blake Street, St Helen’s Square, Davygate, New Street, St Sampson’s Square, High Petergate, Church Street, Parliament Street, High Ousegate, Spurriergate, Market Street, Feasegate and Coney Street.

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Medics' parade: Bastion hospital's pioneering role

Britain's military medics will be led by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps as they parade down Parliament Street in York, returning via Coney Street before taking the salute on the steps of Mansion House.

Medics trained for every situation Credit: ITV

Camp Bastion's Role 3 hospital provided care for injured personnel that was so advanced that over the eight years it was in operation it became one of the world's leading trauma care facilities.

Here are some facts and figures:

  • 300 doctors nurses and support staff saw 14,000 patients
  • 6,500 patients were taken to Camp Bastion by the Chinook helicopter's medical Emergency Response Team
  • 450 soldiers were taken fromthe hospital to the UK by the Critical Care Air Support Team
  • Medics dealt with 39,000 CT scans, 50,000 X-rays and transfused 15,500 litres of blood to 2,600 trauma patients

"The UK Medical Group is looking forward to marching through York for its homecoming and medals parade," said Lieutenant Colonel Jaish Mahan who commanded the UK Medical Group and also 34 Field Hospital.

"For many of us, York is our home and we are grateful to the city and everyone else for the support we received while we were away.

"UK medical Group and 34 Field Hospital feel privileged to have been part of the final chapter in this historic story and to continue to provide that healthcare reassurance to our service men and women."

– Lieutenant Colonel Jaish Mahan, 34 Field Hospital

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Weather: Today

Credit: Tracey Laing

Outbreaks of rain in the morning.

Drier, brighter conditions should spread in by the afternoon with lighter winds.

Colder overnight in the north with rain perhaps returning to the southeast. Maximum Temperature 11C.

Man found guilty of Knaresborough bomb hoax

The centre of Knaresborough was sealed off Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man's been found guilty of making hoax bomb calls which led to the centre of Knaresborough being sealed off by armed police last October.

Leeds Crown Court was told today (November 21) that 23-year-old Shamsul Islam made the calls because he had a grudge against staff at a pizza parlour in the town.

Islam, who was remanded in custody, will be sentenced next month.

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