Folkestone 100: A Century Since the Armistice

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a full memorial service will take place at Folkestone’s War Memorial at 11.00am on Sunday 11 November.

The service will begin at the Leas Cliff Hall around 10.30am with a march down to the Step Short Arch, where a wreath will be laid, continuing on to the War Memorial at the top of the Road of Remembrance.

Folkestone’s Remembrance Sunday events start at 6.00am with a lone piper playing under the Arch and end at 7.00pm with the lighting of a beacon at 7.00pm to coordinate with towns across Kent and nationwide. Free cake will be available at the Mole Cafe on the Harbour Arm between 12.00pm and 3.30pm, just as it was throughout the Great War. At 6.00pm, there will be music and poems at the Leas Bandstand with commemorative candles handed out to the public for the procession to the beacon.

The Pages of the Sea creative remembrance event will also take place on Sunny Sands beach in Folkestone on Sunday.

Folkestone Remembers

Child & Poppy Armistice Day Step Short Arch Folkestone 2016

Step Short’s annual Armistice Day service took place under the Memorial Arch on the Leas at 11.00am on Friday 11 November 2016.

The event was well-attended by the local community, including schools Stella Maris Catholic Primary and Folkestone Primary Academy.

Bugler Kevin Bradley played the Last Post and Reveille; and Piper Ben Millbery played the Lament Flowers of the Forest. Wreaths were laid and poppies attached to the railings close to the top of the Road of Remembrance.

Piper Armistice Day Step Short Arch Folkestone 2016
Piper Ben Millbery playing alongside bugler Kevin Bradley, Royal Marine Cadets and veteran Philip Jones.
Laying of wreaths, Armistice Day Step Short Arch Folkestone 2016
Wreath being laid by WO2 Guy Sargent REME.
Local schools & attendees, Armistice Day Step Short Arch Folkestone 2016
Attendees at the Step Short Armistice Day service 2016, including children from Stella Maris Catholic Primary and Folkestone Primary Academy.

Remembrance In Folkestone, 2016

Step Short Memorial Arch Folkestone
Folkestone’s Memorial Arch. Photo:UpSticksNGo Crew

Folkestone Remembers

Don’t forget that there are a number of events taking place in Folkestone this November to remember the servicemen and women lost during past and more recent conflicts.

Armistice Day on 11 November 2016 will be marked at Cheriton Rd Cemetery, Folkestone. The Machine Gun Corps Ceremony consists of a short service and two minute silence held at 11am.

Step Short will also hold a service at the Memorial Arch on the Leas between 10.30 and 11.30am.

A live webcast of the Royal British Legion’s ‘Silence in the Square’ event on Armistice Day from Trafalgar Square, London will also be available on the British Legion website.

The annual Remembrance Day Parade in Folkestone takes place on Sunday 13 November at the War Memorial on the Road of Remembrance from 10.45am to 11.30am.

On Saturday 19 November at 11am, Poppies on the Leas will mark 100 years since the end of the bloody Battle of the Somme. Local schoolchildren will plant 1,000 symbolic metal poppies close to the Folk Stones artwork on the Leas. Mark Wallinger’s piece features 19,240 numbered pebbles representing the British men who died during the first day of the battle.