After six weeks and more than 1,000 people tested the Army is moving on from Falmouth's coronavirus testing site.

Military personnel from the Royal Tank Regiment have been overseeing the test centre at Falmouth Recreation Ground, the town's rugby club base in Tregenver Road.

The soldiers set up a drive through system, in which they have been issuing test kits and instructions to members of the public who then perform the tests inside their vehicles before returning the kit.

Those using the centre have been talked through the entire process by the soldiers using mobile phones.

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However, from this week they will begin to hand over this work to civilian contractors as the regiment returns to its base at Tidworth in Wiltshire, to resume military duties.

In recognition of the warm welcome they have had from their hosts at Falmouth Rugby Club, Lance Corporal “Rigger” Wrigley presented chairman John Bullock with a crest that will be displayed in the clubhouse.

During the presentation the soldiers also noted how welcome the people of Falmouth had made them feel.

It may not be goodbye forever though, as after handing over the crest the idea was mooted of a future match between the regiment and Falmouth Rugby Club.

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Testing for Covid1-19 continues at the recreation ground for anyone who has one or more symptoms of the virus: a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

You can apply for the test yourself if you have symptoms, for someone you live with if they have symptoms or if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example for surgery.

To book a test visit