People are being invited to attend a special open event at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham to meet Army dogs and find out about their move back to the county.
1st Military Working Dog Regiment, which provides the only deployable working dog and veterinary capability within the Army, is currently based in Sennelager, Germany but will move to North Luffenham over the next two years, eventually making Rutland its long-term home.
Members of the public are invited to attend one of two presentations taking place tomorrow (Wednesday) to learn more about the regiment and its plans to build a new block of kennels at the base.
The presentations will be held in the Officers Mess from 5pm to 6.30pm and 6.30pm to 8pm and each one will be followed by a live demonstration from handlers and their dogs.
Rutland County Council has been helping to prepare for the regiment’s arrival since early 2014.
Council chief executive Helen Briggs said: “Residents will know that 104 Military Working Dog Squadron has been based at North Luffenham for some time. However this represents a big move for the rest of the Regiment and, indeed, the local community.”
She said squadrons would begin arriving in August and the open event would be “a great opportunity” to learn about the regiment and the changes that are planned to the base, particularly the construction of a larger set of kennels to house the dogs.
The presentations tomorrow (Wednesday) are free to attend and open to everyone, with a particular interest for residents in North Luffenham, Edith Weston and surrounding villages. Visitors should arrive at the main gate of the Officers Mess (opposite The Wheatsheaf Pub). Parking is available at the Mess and in the car park just off the main Edith Weston roundabout.