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Orange Order plans march through Gillingham

Great Lines in Gillingham
Great Lines in Gillingham

A thousand people are expected to join an Orange Order march through Gillingham.

The Protestant organisation has announced it is holding a war memorial service before a parade through the town.

Wreaths will be laid at the Naval Memorial, on the Great Lines, on Saturday, September 25, in memory of those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

The service will take place at 2.30pm before a parade, including around 10 bands, leaves the Malborough Road open space at about 3pm.

It is then due to return to the Great Lines at about 4.30pm.

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The event has been organised in consultation with Kent Police and Medway Council, which have said they hope disruption will be "kept to a minimum".

However, the following roads will be closed while the parade passes through: Malborough Road, Brompton Road, Prince Arthur Road, Medway Road, Richmond Road, Saunders Street, Victoria Street, Balmoral Road, Duncan Road, Nelson Road, Stopford Road, Canterbury Street, Pagit Street.

Police have advised people to avoid travelling to the area and to expect traffic delays.

The Orange Order is a Proestant organisation that regards itself as defending civil and religious liberties of Protestants. It is best known for its parades in Northern Ireland and many senior unionist politicians are members.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Monday's Medway Messenger.

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