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A day of remembrance across the county

Towns and villages will come together tomorrow to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in conflict.

Sunday will see parades take place across Maidstone, Malling and the Weald to honour the fallen heroes.

Towns and villages across the county will hold wreath-laying ceremonies
Towns and villages across the county will hold wreath-laying ceremonies

In the County Town a commemoration will be held at the war memorial in Broadway, opposite Maidstone West Station.

Veterans and residents will leave County Hall at 10.20am to head along Week Street, into the High Street to arrive at the memorial by 10.50am.

A Service of Remembrance will be held, followed by the laying of the wreaths, before dignitaries lead the parade back to the

High St Street where the Mayor, Cllr Marion Ring, will take the salute in front of the Town Hall.

Road closures will be in place. The area around Broadway, London Road, Rocky Hill, Tonbridge Road and St Peter’s Street will remain shut between 10.30am and 11.30am at least.

In Tunbridge Wells a service of remembrance, thanksgiving and dedication will take place at 10.45am at the War Memorial in Civic Way.

Wrap up warm: it's likely be to be a cold day
Wrap up warm: it's likely be to be a cold day

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 with the Mayor taking the salute from the steps of the Town Hall.

Councillor James Scholes will then head to Tunbridge Wells Cemetery in Benhall Mill Road, to lay wreaths at the four war memorials - the two Crosses of Sacrifice, the Civilian War Memorial and the RAF Memorial, at 2pm.

Throughout the day the Friends of Tunbridge Wells Cemetery Chapel will be hosting an exhibition about the Second World War which will be open from 1pm until 4pm.

Disruption to traffic is anticipated in the town centre, particularly in the area around the Town Hall. Roads may be closed at timesbetween 8am until approximately midday.

Tonbridge and Malling will be holding two services, one on Sunday and a second on Monday - Armistace Day.

On Remembrance Sunday, the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Jill Anderson will take part in two services. The Tonbridge service will start with a parade from Tonbridge Castle leaving at 10.20am, proceeding along the High Street and turning into Bradford Street where the main service and wreath laying will take place in the memorial gardens from 10.30am.

The Mayor will lay a wreath at the service.Leader of the borough council Nicholas Heslop and borough council chief executive Julie Beilby will also attend this service

There will be rolling road closures for up to 15 minutes between 10.00am and 11.30am along the route of the parade. Exact timings depend on parade progression on the day. The parade route is Castle Street, High Street and Bradford Street.

The council will be marking Armistice Day with a two-minute silence by firing maroons at 11am and 11.02am in Tonbridge and West Malling.

A short service at the Watergate in Tonbridge will follow, attended by the Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Roger Roud and the Deputy Mayoress Mrs Pam Roud.

The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Jill Anderson, will attend the Armistice Day service at the Royal British Legion Industries Garden of Honour, Aylesford, at 10.50am where she will be laying a wreath - one of two services she will attend that day.

In addition, tomorrow at 10.30am there will be a Remembrance Service in Kings Hill at the Running Airman memorial in Gibson Drive. A parade will then take place from the Control Tower to Liberty Square.

In Snodland, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Roger Roud and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Pam Roud will be at the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service.

The parade will leave Holmesdale Technology College at 2.30pm following the route to Snodland Cemetery where the service will take place.

Crowds will then head to the Paddlesworth Rooms at the Community Centre, Paddlesworth Road.

Road closures will be in place from 2.25pm to 3.25pm.

In West Malling, events will start at 1.45pm with the Mayor taking the salute by the pump in the High Street.

From there a parade will continue to St Mary’s Church where a service will begin at 2.30pm.

A wreath-laying ceremony will follow at the War Memorial outside the church.

Over in Staplehurst a parade will march through the High Street tomorrow. It will begin at 10.10am and finish at 10.35am.

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