Today marks the beginning of Headley Court’s final year.
The occasion was celebrated with a parade and Church service at St Martin’s Church in Dorking.
Servicemen and women from the Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre then paraded down Dorking High Street
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, was in attendance at the ceremony that bid farewell to the famous centre, which will be moving to its new home in Loughborough in late 2018.
The Ministry of Defence announced back in 2014 that the site would be vacated and the centre moved to Stanford Hall, Leicestershire
The facility will replace Headley Court and will treat not only around 300 injured servicemen and women but eventually also civilians.
This site was chosen above many others and will serve for around 70 to 80 years.
The state-of-the-art DNRC is due to open to injured service personnel in 2018.
The current site, near Leatherhead, will be vacated by 2018 as part of a £30 million project.
Headley court currently boasts hydrotherapy pools, prosthetics centers and gyms, and its beautiful rural setting creates an atmosphere of peace and tranquility for those staying there.
The centre has become well known in the world of military rehabilitation and has treated injured troops for around 70 years.
The facility began its life in the 1940s as a centre for injured RAF personnel returning from World War Two.
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