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Remembrance services across the county


Remembrance Day is being marked across the county today.

Kent is set to fall silent at 11am, to mark the fallen heroes - and those left behind - from our two world wars and beyond.

Here is a selection of the many services being held today:

Remembrance Day service on Sunday, November 11, at 10.45am by the war memorial at Pierremont Hall, Broadstairs.

The annual Service of Remembrance at St Margaret’s Church, Darenth takes place at 10.30am on Sunday November 11.

A Remembrance Day service at the war memorial, West Terrace (near Road of Remembrance), Folkestone.

Remembrance Day wreaths are still available

Acts of Remembrance will take place at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Swanscombe at 10am and at St Mary’s Church, Greenhithe at 10.30am on Armistice Day, November 11.

Services around Sittingbourne include one at the war memorial, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, 10.20 for 10.45am - the service will be led by the Reverend Michael Resch.

A Remembrance Service will take place in Eccles on Sunday, November 11. Everyone should meet at the war memorial clock tower on the recreation ground at 3.30pm.

Service organisations and youth groups are expected to parade through Whitstable for the Remembrance Day service at the war memorial outside the library in Oxford Street.

Former Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Ian Thomas will represent Canterbury council and he will be joined by other Whitstable councillors.

The parade will form up in Victoria Street at 10.20am and process through the town centre, led by Whitstable Sea Cadets band, to arrive at the cenotaph for the start of the service at 10.50am.

Remembrance service in Chatham

Services around Gravesend include the war memorial at The Hill, Northfleet, at 11am; Cobham war memorial at 11am; and Meopham Green war memorial at 3pm.

There will be a special Sunday service at St Botolph’s Church in Northfleet at 9.30am before the Act of Remembrance around the war memorial at 11am.

St Mark’s Church in Rosherville, Gravesend, is holding a Remembrance Service at 10am before wreath-laying at Rosherville memorial at 11am.

This year there will be a joint service at Deal Hospital at 10.50am, to be conducted by the Rev Peggy Fishlock.

The usual November 11 service will not be held at Deal Cemetery, Hamilton Road.

In Sandwich members of the town council will be processing from the Guildhall to the war memorial outside St Peter’s Church, Market Street, for the 10.50 service.

Remembrance Sunday will have a special significance for four families this weekend when their relatives’ names will be added to a memorial in Loose more than 60 years after their deaths.

Loose Parish Council, All Saints’ Church in Loose and the War Memorial Trust were among groups which have worked together to research for names which had been missing from the memorial since the Second World War.

The extra names will be unveiled on a new plaque at a Remembrance Service today.

In Maidstone, the parade will leave Week Street at 10.30am and parade to the Cenotaph on the Broadway, where the mayoral party will link up with them for the service beginning there at 10.50am.

Later there will be a parade starting from the Broadway passing the front of the town hall at about 11.30am, opposite The Muggleton Inn.

In West Malling there will be parade with the deputy mayor Cllr Howard Rogers taking the salute at 2pm by the pump in the High Street.

Over at Aylesford, the mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Dave Davis, and mayoress Mrs Mary Davis, will attend the service and parade.

They earlier will have participated in a service and parade from the Memorial Gardens at Bradford street, Tonbridge, along with the deputy mayor and mayoress.

Today, 9am to 9.45am: Royal Naval Remembrance Service and wreath laying at the War Memorial, Great Lines, Gillingham.

The Mayor will lay a wreath.

9.35am to 12noon: Deputy Mayor Cllr Mrs Josie Iles will attend The Royal British Legion, Gillingham, branch parade and service and meet veterans at the Black Lion Memorial. She will then visit the RBL Club, Livingstone Road, Gillingham.

Windmill Gardens, Clarence Place, Gravesend.
10.15am: St Margaret’s Church, Rainham, war memorial, service and wreath laying. Cllr Les Wicks will lay a wreath.

10.40am: The Mayor will lead a parade from the Guildhall Museum to Rochester Cathedral, where the Royal British Legion’s service will take place at 10.50am.

The War Memorial in The Grove, Hythe, will host a remembrance service, and will be attended by Mayor of Hythe Cllr David Owen, accompanied by civic and military dignitaries.

Organisations taking part in the parade should assemble at 10.15am on the south bank of the Royal Military Canal near the bandstand.

At Canterbury Cathedral, a service of remembrance starts at 10.45am.

Dartford’s Remembrance Day service starts at 10.45am with a procession from Dartford borough museum to the war memorial.

The service, which includes wreath laying and a two minute silence, then follows.

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