This week the Prime Minister announced plans to mark the Centenary of the Great War. Plans are being made throughout the country, and abroad, to mark this most significant event in modern times. It is with pride that we learn from Andrew Murrison MP, the government’s Special Representative for centenary plans, that Folkestone will be one of three sites to mark the outbreak of that war. The other sites are Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey and the CWGC cemetery at St Symphorien, Mons in Belgium. The choice of Folkestone is in recognition that, from here, millions of men and women embarked on the troop ships that would take them to the front lines. For many, it was the last time they stood on British soil. Step Short will work unstintingly to ensure that the choice of our town as a focus for Commemoration in 2014-2018 is justified. Please be part of our plans: all financial and practical support will be very welcome. As a Registered Charity all donations go into our projects.