Tonbridge and Malling remembers

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Last Updated: 05 Nov 2019 10:44am

In Tonbridge and Malling, those who lost their lives during the two World Wars and other conflicts will be remembered on Remembrance Day, Sunday 10 November and on Armistice Day, Monday 11 November.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council will be marking Armistice Day on Monday 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 Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Roger Roud and the Deputy Mayoress Mrs Pam Roud will attend. The Mayor of Tonbridge & 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.

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.

In West Malling, events will start at 1.45pm 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 2.15pm 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 3pm.  Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Chief Executive Julie Beilby and Council Leader Cllr Nicolas Heslop will attend and Cllr Heslop will lay a wreath.

Also on Remembrance Sunday Deputy Mayor for Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Roud and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Pam Roud will attend the Kings Hill Service of Remembrance at the Running Airman War Memorial at 10.30am.

In Snodland, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Roger Roud and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Pam Roud 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 Jill Anderson, says: "It is a great honour to be able to take part in these very special services as Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling. It’s very important that those who lost their lives at war in the defence of our country are not forgotten and I hope the people of Tonbridge and Malling will come along and join me in paying tribute to them.”