An FV606 Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier, used by medical regiments as an armoured ambulance, has been painstakingly restored and now stands in Dempsey Barracks as 1 Armoured Medical Regiment’s gate guardian.
Maj A’Lee unveiled the Saracen, which was in service between 1954 and 1985, and highlighted how it represents the first time the medical regiment has had the chance to mark their position at the Barracks with a guardian since their relocation from Hohne Garrison.
But Roger and Jane Johnson did not muck about – indeed they were ‘pig-headedly’ determined to bring over their 20 stone pot-bellied pet from the UK and house it in their married quarter.
Their efforts were far from ham-fisted, though, as eventually they got all the relevant authorities to grant permission.
Now the loveable swine is regularly seen being taken for walks around the Army estate, and the couple are happy for Pumba to hog all the attention.
Roger, a WO2 with HQ BFG Health Services, said: “She has bags of personality. She loves to go out for a walk but doesn’t go far, just to the field at the end of the road."
The famous television personality will be teaching a masterclass of modern jazz and lyrical dance next week, followed by a demonstration of choreography from the television show and a question, answer and photo session. The session will be aimed at all children over the age of three.