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A Big Lunch will be held at the bandstand in Brenchley Gardens, Maidstone, rounding off a week of First World War events

08 August 2014
by Angela Cole

 

A Big Lunch with music and craft activities will be held on Sunday (August 10) as part of commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Visitors can bring a picnic with them and listen to local singers and a brass band, gathering around the bandstand in Brenchley Gardens, Maidstone, between noon and 3pm, with organisers Maidstone council keeping its fingers crossed for good weather.

There will also be arts and crafts activities for any youngsters.

Candles were lit at the drumhead service at Brenchley Gardens in Maidstone around the war memorial.

Candles were lit at the drumhead service at Brenchley Gardens in Maidstone around the war memorial.

At the same time, a First World War bus will be stationed outside nearby Maidstone Museum in St Faith's Street.

The 1912 Maidstone and District Omnibus operated on the western front between 1915 and 1915.

One of the images in a display at The Mall and the Royal Star Arcade in Maidstone. Picture Maidstone Area Arts Partnership

One of the images in a display at The Mall and the Royal Star Arcade in Maidstone. Picture: Maidstone Area Arts Partnership

A display of images from the war era will also continue, Maidstone Memories, at the Royal Star Arcade and The Mall, until Sunday. It has been organised by the Maidstone Area Arts Partnership, in partnership with Invicta Photographic Club, and funded by Maidstone council.

It includes images loaned from a number of sources including Maidstone Museum, Kent History and Archive Centre, the Royal Engineers Museum, the KCC Defence of Swale Project and various private collections.

 

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