Published: 00:01, 08 November 2015
Scores of people attended Remembrance services around Kent today to honour the servicemen and women who have fallen in battle.
Services and parades took place in towns across the county, with some of the largest listed here.
Events will also take place on November 11 - Armistice Day - when Commonwealth countries will observe the traditional two-minute silence.
Memorial Gardens, off Church Road. Uniformed personnel started a parade from the Parish Hall, in Church Road, led by RBL piper Mike Grant.
The procession headed to the Memorial Gardens for a service, wreath-laying and two-minute silence.
The parade then reformed and went up the High Street.
Flares, known as maroons, will be set off in the Memorial Gardens at 11am and 11.02am on Wednesday, November 11 to mark the start and finish of the two-minute Armistice Day silence.
In addition, war memorials around the borough will be the focus of many of the remembrance events, and churches will incorporate the commemorations into their Sunday services.
Churches taking part include Brabourne Baptist Church, Holy Trinity in Charing Heath, St Cosmas and St Damian in Challock, St James Church in Egerton, St Nicholas Church in Pluckley and St Margaret’s Church in Hothfield, plus many others.
There was wreath laying at the War Memorial in Great Chart, followed by a service at St Mary’s Church.
A service of remembrance took place at the Garden of Honour in the Royal British Legion Village, Hall Road, Aylesford.
Bishop of Rochester James Langstaff hosts the service, which starts at 3pm. Everybody is welcome.
Veterans and their families can now access information and practical help at a new pop-in centre at the village.
It runs from 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and offers a range of practical support for veterans and their families.
A parade left Sutton Valance School North Gate entrance at 10.50pm, including the Sutton Valence Combined Cadets Force, the Scouts, cubs and beavers.
The Salute will be taken by the Headteacher, the Scout Commissioner, and the RBL Sutton Valence & District Branch Officer.
A church service at St. Mary’s Church follows the Act of Remembrance at the Memorial at 11am.
The naval memorial on the Great Lines at Gillingham was the venue for the first service of the day.
Mayor Barry Kemp was among those laying wreaths at an imposing memorial from 9am.
Later he joined council leader Cllr Alan Jarrett and chief executive Neil Davies for the Royal British Legion ceremony at Rochester Cathedral.
Beforehand, the civic VIPs joined the parade of serving miitary personnel and veterans which set off from the Guildhall Museum, High Street, at 10.40am.
A wreath was laid at the memorial in the High Street where there was also a march past.
An act of remembrance took place at the Black Lion war memorial in Gillingham at 9.55am followed by a service at St Mark’s Church, Canterbury Street, while wreaths will be laid at the Brompton memorial in Wood Street.
There was also a service at St Margaret’s Church in Rainham High Street.
A short service was held at Hoo Institute, Main Road, at 9.45am followed by a walk to the war memorial in the churchyard for the Act of Remembrance at 11am.
Free parking for Remembrance Sunday will be available until 3pm in the following car parks:
James Street and Riverside car parks, Chatham; Cricketers car park, Rainham; Medway Park car park, Gillingham; Blue Boar Lane, Cathedral and Gas House Road car parks,Rochester
The Field of Remembrance in the city’s Longmarket Square was formally dedicated at a special service on Thursday.
On Remembrance Sunday, the annual parade of veterans, cadets and dignitaries mustered in Iron Bar Lane to process down Burgate to the Buttermarket war memorial, where they gathered for the wreath-laying, Last Post and two-minute silence at 11am.
There was also a silence around the Field of Remembrance in Longmarket at the same time and was followed by a service in Canterbury Cathedral.
On Armistice Day (November 11), there will be a further short service and two-minute silence around the Buttermarket memorial at 11am.
This year’s service was held this morning at Christ Church, William Street, conducted by the Rev Anthony Everett.
The parade went towards Kings Road and Memorial Park.
After the ceremony and the two-minute silence, the parade march to the car park at the Memorial Gates, before being dismissed.
Herne Bay’s Royal British Legion branch was in a fix after the sale of its headquarters.
But the Ex-Serviceman’s Club on William Street offered its facilities for use after the parade.
Mr Carter, 52, said: “We got put on the spot and had to react. After losing the club we had nowhere to go, but the Ex-Serviceman’s Club came up trumps last minute.”
Anybody who is interested in joining the Herne Bay Branch can contact Garry on email@example.com or call 01227 372895.
Veterans and community groups came together to mark Remembrance Sunday.
This year’s Remembrance Day Parade mustered near Victoria Street car park.
The procession followed a route through the High Street towards the war memorial for a 10.50am service in time for the traditional two-minute silence at 11am.
A sea cadet band led the procession through the town and a bugler from the group sounded the Last Post before the silence.
The Rev Rachel Webbley from St Alphege Church took the service at the memorial, with Father Kevin St Aubyn reading the lesson and leaders from the Methodist Church giving the prayers.
Veterans were joined by groups from the scouts, cubs, beavers, brownies and guides.
The Whitstable Royal British Legion Club, Oxford Street, was open afterwards for refreshments and snacks.
The main event for the town, was expected to attract hundreds paying their respects, at the war memorial in Stone Street.
It was followed by a service at St Mary’s Church.
People gathered at at the War Memorial at Deal & Walmer Victory Hospital, London Road, Deal. There will also be a service at the Cross of Sacrifice at Hamilton Road Cemetery on Wednesday, November 11. Assemble at 10.30am.
Crowds assembled outside Marks & Spencer in Biggin Street before parading to the War Memorial outside Maison Dieu House for two minutes silence and wreath laying at 11am.
Councillors walked to the war memorial in Market Street and there was a two minutes silence at 11am followed by prayers and wreath laying. A service was later held at St Clement's Church. At 6.30pm John Rutter's Requiem will be performed at St Clement's Church.
There was an Act of Remembrance in the churchyard of St Saviour's Church, The Strand, Walmer, this morning. It was followed by morning prayer for those who wish to stay. There will also be an act of Remembrance on Wednesday, November 11, for 11am.