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Early settlers have pitched up at the Royal Marines 25th anniversary concert on Walmer Green, Walmer, Deal

By Beth Robson

This year, the 25th anniversary concert attracted even more early settlers than usual, setting up their chairs, rolling out picnic blankets and absorbing the atmosphere.

An early arrival not only secures a great space, but it allows supporters to watch the stage being set-up and meet other concert revellers and ex-bandsmen.

The first of the public to arrive at 7.30am is Angela Mortimer. She and her friends have the same spot every year. She has been coming for 25 years. Picture: Tony Flashman

The earliest to arrive was Angela Mortimer who pitched up at 7.30am to save the space for her and her friends.

Joining her was a group of 40 people including Jackie Carey of St Richard’s Road, Deal.

Mrs Carey set up a table displaying union flags for her and her friends to wave. She said: “We do it every year.

Ever since the bandstand was built, every Sunday, where possible, we come here and watch the concerts to support the bandstand. And we come every year on this special day and set up early. There is about 40 of us this year.”

The advice is to get to the concert early to save your space and remember to leave your car at home because the area is already getting congested with prohibited parking on The Strand and nearby streets.

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