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Remembrance Day 2019: Parades and events taking place in Kent

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Remembrance will be marked across Kent with a number of parades and services.

This year marks 100 years since such ceremonies were first held in 1919, a year after the end of the First World War. Here's where you can show your respects.

Remembrance Parade through Maidstone High Street Picture: Andy Jones
Remembrance Parade through Maidstone High Street Picture: Andy Jones

Ashford

The Memorial Gardens service will begin with a two-minute silence and wreath laying at 11am on Sunday, November 10.

Attendees are advised to arrive at the Station Road park 10 minutes before the start, but the public can access the gardens from 10am.

As in previous years, the Church Road gate will remain locked all morning and there will be no public access to the Garden of Remembrance throughout the morning until the end of the service.

Orders of service will be handed out upon entry to the gardens, and those wishing to plant crosses in the Garden of Remembrance may do so after the service is finished.

Remembrance services will take place throughout the county Picture: Martin Apps
Remembrance services will take place throughout the county Picture: Martin Apps

Free parking is available at the Vicarage Lane and Edinburgh Road car parks.

The Mayor of Ashford will be attending and the procession will include the president of the Royal British Legion, Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Royal British Legion standard bearers.

Aylesford

Also on Remembrance Sunday at the RBLI Village in Aylesford a parade will start from Moutbatten Pavilion and travel down to the Garden of Honour.

The village will also see a visit from the Queen this week, ahead of the special day.

Wreaths were laid across the county last year
Wreaths were laid across the county last year

There will then be a service with music provided by Maidstone Salvation Army Band, Pipe Major Ivan Brooks and The City of Rochester Pipe Band.

There will be a bible reading from RBLI chief executive Steve Sherry and The Kohima Epitaph will be read by Surendra Ingham, a former Gurkha. The parade will begin at 2:45pm.

Canterbury

Veterans, army and cadet forces and VIPs will muster in Canterbury on Sunday morning for a parade, wreath laying and cathedral service.

The parade will assemble in Iron Bar Lane from 9.15am on Sunday, November 10, before marching down Burgate at 10.05am to the Buttermarket for the wreath laying ceremony at 10.22am. It will be followed by a service in the cathedral at 10.55am.

At 11.55am the parade will leave the precincts for the march past at the East Kent Yeomanry memorial in the High Street where the salute will be given by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent The Viscount De L’Isle.

Capel-Le-Ferne

As always, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust will be marking Remembrance Day with a short service of commemoration at the National Memorial to the Few, New Dover Road, Capel-le-Ferne, Folkestone.

The trust always marks the day itself, not the closest Sunday to it, and so this year’s service will be on Monday, November 11. Everyone is very welcome to attend and should be at the memorial by 10.45am.

A ceremony will take place at the Battle of Britain War Memorial in Capel-Le-Ferne Picture : Gary Browne
A ceremony will take place at the Battle of Britain War Memorial in Capel-Le-Ferne Picture : Gary Browne

Standard bearers from ex-service organisations are expected to be in attendance to add colour and solemnity to the important act of remembrance, which will be followed by the usual wreath-laying ceremony.

Dartford

The annual Service of Remembrance will take place at the War Memorial in Central Park, Dartford on Sunday, November 10.

It will begin at 10.40am and be followed by a march from the High Street and along Market Street past the memorial.

The public are welcome to attend and participate in remembering those who have sacrificed their lives in conflicts around the world.

Gurkhas march through Maidstone High Street Picture: Andy Jones
Gurkhas march through Maidstone High Street Picture: Andy Jones

Anyone wishing to attend should note that the High Street and Market Street will be closed to traffic from 10.15am to allow the service and parade to take place and roads will not re-open until the event has concluded at around noon.

Deal

The Royal British Legion Downs Branch has organised Sunday’s Remembrance service and parade on behalf of Deal Town Council.

Those joining should assemble at Deal War Memorial Hospital, London Road, from 10.30am for the service, conducted by the Rev John Lines MBE from 10.50am.

At 11am BuglerWO1 Andy Cornish RM will sound Last Post and there will be two minutes silence followed Reveille. The lesson, read by Deal mayor Eileen Rowbotham will be followed by the wreath laying and singing of the National Athem and the blessing.

Standards of ex-service associations will be present and local clubs and youth organisations will be represented.

The Deputy Lieutenant for Kent Bill Fawcus is reviewing officer. He will take the salute at the parade.

Dover

Townsfolk can gather at the People of Dover’s War Memorial on Sunday to commemorate all service personnel who died for their country.

A parade of standards, veterans and other groups well meet outside the B&M store, formerly Marks and Spencer, in Biggin Street at 10.30am.

They will then march to the War Memorial in front of Maison Dieu House where a two-minutes’ silence takes place at 11am.

The service will be conducted by the Mayor’s Honorary Chaplain, the Rev Sean Sheffield, and the laying of wreaths will follow.

The parade will then march through the town to Market Square.

Dover Mayor Gordon Cowan will take the salute at St Mary’s Church.

Priory Road will be temporarily closed to traffic from the York Street roundabout to Ladywell. Preparations for the event are already underway with members of the White Cliffs branch of the Royal British Legion laying out the Garden of Remembrance at the Memorial.

A retiring performance by Seaside Melody Makers choir will sing songs from the First and Second World Wars such as Keep the Homes Fires burning and Daisy Daisy.

Dymchurch

There will be a parade at 10.45am on Sunday, November 10 starting at Dymchurch Royal British Legion's Club at Memorial Hall, Sea Wall. The parade will lead to St Peter and St Paul Church before returning to the Memorial Hall for entertainment from Memory Lane.

Folkestone

The annual Remembrance Sunday service and parade will commence at 10.45am on Sunday, November 10 at the War Memorial at the top of the Road of Remembrance.

There is also a community event at 8am the same day ahead of the parade to decorate the Road of Remembrance with over 3,000 hand-knitted poppies.

The Machine Gun Corps service will finish the events, commencing at 11am on Monday, November 11 at the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) Memorial at the cemetery in Cheriton Road.

Remembrance events will take place throughout Kent Picture: Illuma Photography/Tara Vickers
Remembrance events will take place throughout Kent Picture: Illuma Photography/Tara Vickers

Faversham

At 11am on Sunday there will be a laying of wreaths at the War Memorial, in Stone Street where the Rev Ros Parrett will officiate at a short Remembrance service.

Following this Service, there will be a parade to the Church of St Mary of Charity where a full service will take place at 11.30am with additional wreath laying.

In Boughton a service and wreath laying will take place at 10.50am at the War Memorial, The Street, Boughton followed by a service at the Church of St Barnabas.

In Selling people will gather at 10.30am for 10.45am at the War Memorial for an Act of Remembrance to the accompaniment of a trumpeter, then the Sunday service will be taken at St Mary's Church. While at Doddington and Newnham War Memorial a service will be taken at 3pm.

Gravesham

Gravesham council will hold Remembrance Day events on Sunday, November 10 and Monday, November 11.

On the Sunday a number of services and parades are taking place, including at 11am at Windmill Hill Memorial Gardens and the War Memorial at Northfleet.

Veterans wishing to join the Windmill Hill parade should meet at Trinity Road by 10.30am.

There are also services of remembrance at Bawley Bay, Gravesend, at 12.30pm, Meopham Green War Memorial at 3pm, and an Act of Remembrance at the RAF Gravesend memorial at Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, at 3.30pm.

A pause to remember service takes place in Community Square outside Gravesend Civic Centre at 11am on Monday, November 11.

Remembrance parades are happening all over the county
Remembrance parades are happening all over the county

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Herne Bay

Organisers are urging those wanting to attend the service at Christchurch in William Street on Sunday to be seated by 9.15am - 15 minutes before it is due to begin.

The parade will then form at 10.30am and be led by the sea cadets. It will proceed to Memorial Park, where the act of remembrance, sounding of the last post, silence and reveille will be followed by wreath laying.

The parade will return to William Street and the Sheriff, Cllr Jeanette Stockley, will make a speech before it is dismissed. Those on parade are invited to the Ex-Servicemen’s Club afterwards. Email organiser Alan Jordan on klockstop@hotmail for any further details.

Hythe

The Hythe Annual Civic parade and service will be held on Sunday, November 10 at the War Memorial in The Grove.

The Town Mayor, Cllr Doug Wade is expected to attend alongside civic and military dignitaries.

The parade will start at around 10.20am on the south bank of the Royal Military Canal near the Canal Bandstand.

Maidstone

The annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Maidstone will take place on Sunday, November 10.The day is marked by a parade and a service of remembrance, including the two-minute silence at 11am at the Memorial in The Broadway, followed by the laying of wreaths.

During the event, Maidstone’s Mayor – Cllr Marion Ring, will be joined by Lt Col M S Jones MBE, Commanding Officer of 36 Engineer Regiment and the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers to take the salute from the parade.

Maidstone Borough Council will be providing an order of service and Union Flags for those attending which will be available on the day in Jubilee Square.

The parade and service are well attended by military and civilian organisations, as well as members of the public.

In order to ensure the safety and security of participants and spectators, it is necessary to close roads along the route of the parade and around the memorial.

2019 marks 100 years of remembrance Picture: Andy Jones
2019 marks 100 years of remembrance Picture: Andy Jones

Details of the day are as follows:

The parade will step off from County Hall along Week Street, the High Street and Lower High Street, to the bridge system. The parade will cross the bridge and march to the war memorial in the Broadway (opposite Maidstone West Railway Station) at around 10.20am

The service of remembrance will commence at the memorial and will be followed by the laying of wreaths.

The dignitaries’ party, followed by the parade, will process back across the bridge and into the High Street where the Mayor and Commanding Officer take the salute from the parade on a dais to the side of the Town Hall.

The parade turns into Week Street and makes its way to its point of dispersal at around 11.25am.

Remembrance Day events are being staged across Kent
Remembrance Day events are being staged across Kent

Remembrance Sunday road closures will be put in place between 9.45am and 12.30pm, using rolling closures where possible, although roads will be reopened once the procession has passed.

These include Sandling Road from junction with Stacey Street, Station Road at junction with Week Street, Week Street junctions with Brewer Street, St Faiths Street and Union Street.

Diversions will be in place and roads will be reopened as soon as possible but roads may be closed as deemed necessary between these times. The area around the Memorial, the Broadway, London Road, Rocky Hill, Tonbridge Road and St Peter’s Street will be the most affected and are likely to remain shut between at least 10.30am and 11.30am.

Medway

Most Remembrance events are being held on Sunday, November 10.

A parade will march through Rochester High Street to Rochester Cathedral where the Sunday service will start at 10.50am.

Afterwards veterans will lay wreaths in the historic building.

In Rainham, the service at St Margaret's Church, in the High Street, starts at 10.15am.

Then there will be a procession down the road at 10.30am and wreaths laid at the war memorial in the High Street, next to the Cricketers pub.

Various events are being held on Sunday and Monday
Various events are being held on Sunday and Monday

The congregation should arrive back at the church by 11.20am.

A march from Debenhams in Chatham High Street will start just after 10am.

Then there will be a service next to the bandstand in Victoria Gardens, Fort Pitt, Chatham, at 10.30am.

Gillingham's parade will start in the High Street at 10.30am.

Across the Towns there is free parking from 7am-3pm on Sunday, November 10 at the following car parks:

A picture taken on Remembrance Sunday last year
A picture taken on Remembrance Sunday last year

Chatham: Rhode Street car park; James Street car park; Riverside car park.

Rainham: Cricketers car park.

Rochester: Blue Boar Lane car park; Cathedral car park; Corporation Street car park.

Gillingham: Medway Park.

You can leave your vehicle at one of the car parks listed if the machine in the car park still has a fluorescent sign above it.

Outside of these hours, you will need a valid pay and display ticket when the machine has been put back in service.

On Monday, November 11 a Remembrance Service will be held at the Great Lines Naval Memorial, Gillingham, starting just before 11am.

It is being organised by John Brice, the organiser of the Medway Beer Festival which has been fund-raising for the Royal British Legion.

There will be coffee and tea available at the Cannon pub in Brompton from 10am and then a free buffet immediately after the service.

It will be conducted by the Reverend Malcolm Turner of Strood who also acts as one of the chaplains to the Chatham branch of the Royal Naval Association.

Sandwich

Sandwich Town Council’s Remembrance service includes a commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial, Market Street on Sunday.

The commemoration will start just before 11am when The mayor and council process from the Guildhall to Market Street.

On the final stroke of eleven the bugler will play The Last Post followed by the exhortation.

There will be two minutes silence and the bugler plays Reveille.

Prayers and a blessing by the Rev Canon Mark Roberts will follow before the wreath laying.

The National Anthem will be sung before the congregation parades to St Clements Church for The Remembrance Sunday Church Service.

Afterwards they will process through the town to the Guildhall. The Mayor will take the salute and address the parade.

Sheerness

On Sunday from 10.30am, Mayor of Swale Cllr Ken Ingleton will be among those at the Sheerness cenotaph in Bridge Road.

He will lay a wreath on behalf of the borough's residents. The ceremony will be followed by a service at Holy Trinity Church in Sheerness Broadway.

Sittingbourne

Anyone planning on attending the Remembrance Day service in Sittingbourne on Sunday is asked to be at the War Memorial in Central Avenue by 10.30am.

The parade is due to set off from the Appleyard Clubhouse in Avenue of Remembrance, next to Borden Grammar School, and will end at the memorial, where a ceremony will be held from 10.45am.

Central Avenue will be closed to traffic from 10am to 11.45am.

Visitors are reminded that parking in Swale council-owned car parks is free of charge all day on Sunday.

The following day, a short ceremony will be held at the memorial in Central Avenue at 11am.

Services are being held on Sunday and Monday
Services are being held on Sunday and Monday

Staplehurst

In Staplehurst a parade will march through the high street on Sunday, November 10.

It will begin at 10.10am and finish at 10.35am.

Thanet

On Sunday, November 10, there will be a parade from Alpha Road, Birchington, to The Square starting at 10.30am.

This will be followed by a Remembrance service at All Saints Church.

In Broadstairs a service will be held at the War Memorial at Pierremont Park at 10.45am.

A procession will head along Northdown Road, Margate, led by Mayor, Cllr Mick Tomlinson to the war memorial in Trinity Square, arriving at 10.45am.

A parade begins at Elms Avenue, Ramsgate, at 10.35am and heads through the town to St George's Church in Church Hill for a service at 10.50am.

In Westgate a parade heads from St Saviour's Church to the war memorial for a service at 11.45am. A wreath-laying ceremony and service will also take place on Monday, November 11, at Ramsgate Cemetery, Cecilia Road, at 10.50am

Thousands of people will turn out to pay their respects to the fallen
Thousands of people will turn out to pay their respects to the fallen

Whitstable

The parade will gather near Victoria Street Car Park on Sunday, setting off at 10.30am and travelling through Harbour Street, High Street and Oxford Street to the war memorial at Whitstable Library for 10.55am.

Whitstable Brass will be playing hymns and the service will be led by Rev Paulette Stubbings, vicar at St Alphege, Seasalter.

On Monday, there will be a two-minute silence held at the war memorial at 11am.

Parades and services are being staged on both Sunday and Monday
Parades and services are being staged on both Sunday and Monday

Tunbridge Wells

A service of Remembrance, Thanksgiving and Dedication which will take place at 10.45am at the War Memorial, in Civic Way, on Sunday.

The service will be conducted by the Mayor’s Chaplain and Vicar of King Charles the Martyr, Reverend Laurence Powell.

Following the service and laying of wreaths there will be a parade where the civic party will return to the steps of the Town Hall from where the Mayor will take the salute.

At 2pm the Tunbridge Wells Cemetery the Mayor will complete the laying of wreaths at the four war memorials in the cemetery - the two Crosses of Sacrifice, the Civilian War memorial and the RAF Memorial.

An exhibition about the Second World War will be open from 1pm until 4pm in the Friends of Tunbridge Wells Cemetery Chapel.

At 3pm John Cohen OBE, Chairman of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Branch of the Royal British Legion will give a talk on the Phoney War, September 1939 to May 1940.

There will be disruption to traffic in the town centre particularly in the area around the Town Hall. Roads may be closed at times between 8am until approximately midday.

Wrotham

St George's Church will host a Remembrance Day service at 10am until 10.50am at the War Memorial.

The Wrotham Cadets will be making a memorial presentation during the service.

It will take place on Sunday, November 10.

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