Tonbridge and Malling remembers

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Last Updated: 31 Oct 2017 2:46pm

In Tonbridge and Malling, those who lost their lives during the two World Wars and other conflicts will be remembered on Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November and on Remembrance Day, Sunday 12 November.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council will be marking Armistice Day on Saturday 11 November with a two-minute silence by firing maroons at 11am and 11.02am in Tonbridge and West Malling.  Following the firing of the maroons, there will be a short service at the Watergate in Tonbridge, which the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Roger Dalton will attend.

On Remembrance Sunday, the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Dalton and Mayoress Mrs Hazel Dalton will take part in two services.  The service and wreath-laying in the Memorial Gardens at Bradford Street, Tonbridge will start at 10.45am and will be followed by a parade which will take its usual route past the Town Memorial at the Watergate and dismiss in front of Tonbridge Castle. 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 10.30am and 12.30pm along the route of the parade. Exact timings depend on parade progression on the day. The parade route is Bradford Street, High Street and Castle Street.

In West Malling, events will start at 2pm with the Mayor taking the salute by the pump in the High Street as part of the remembrance service and parade.  From the Saluting Base the parade will then continue to St Mary’s Church where the Service of Remembrance will begin at 2.30pm.    After the service there will be a short wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial outside the church.  Road closures will be in two parts, the first from 2pm to 2.15 and the second from 3pm to 3.15pm. Both parts affect the High Street between the railway bridge and St Leonards Street.

The Royal British Legion Village Branch in Aylesford is holding a Remembrance Sunday Service at 2.45pm.  Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Chief Executive Julie Beilby and Council Leader Cllr Nicolas Heslop will attend and Cllr Heslop will lay a wreath.  At this service the Borough Council’s Poppy Carpet of more than 7,000 knitted and crocheted poppies will be on display on the slope approaching the Garden of Honour at the Royal British Legion Village.

Also on Remembrance Sunday Deputy Mayor for Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Pam Bates will attend the Kings Hill Service of Remembrance at the Running Airman War Memorial at 10.45am.

In Snodland, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Pam Bates will also attend 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. Following the Service, the parade will then proceed to the Paddlesworth Rooms at the Community Centre, Paddlesworth Road.  Road closures for the first parade will be from 2.25pm to 3pm, and the second part from 3.30pm to 3.35pm.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend any of these services and may also lay wreaths during the ceremonies at the war memorials.

Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Dalton, says: "To be part of these worthy occasions as Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling really is a great honour.  It’s so important that those who lost their lives at war are not forgotten and I hope the people of Tonbridge and Malling will join me in paying tribute to them.”