Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, Maidstone Borough Council invites you to join them for a day of remembrance in a poignant tribute to those who served, and continue to serve in the Armed Forces. Members of the public will be able to observe the occasion with us at the annual parade and service of remembrance through the town centre, and an evening Battle’s Over ceremony in Jubilee Square, new for this year. Both events are free to attend.
Parade and Service of Remembrance – Sunday 11th November, Maidstone town centre, 10.30am – 11.30am
The parade and service is well attended with HM Lord Lieutenant of Kent, the Mayor of Maidstone, military and civilian organisations and members of the public, and includes the two minute silence at 11am at the Memorial in The Broadway, followed by the laying of wreaths.
10:30 The parade will step off from the junction of Earl Street with Week Street, into the High Street and Lower High Street, to the bridge system. The parade will cross the bridge and march to the war memorial in the Broadway.
10:50 The Service of Remembrance will commence at the Memorial and will be followed by the laying of wreaths.
11:15 The dignitaries’ party, followed by the parade, will process back across the bridge and into the High Street where the Lord Lieutenant, Mayor and Commanding Officer take the salute from the parade on a dais to the side of the Town Hall in Jubilee Square.
11:25 The parade turns into Week Street and makes its way to its point of dispersal.
In order to ensure the safety and security of participants and spectators it is necessary to close roads along the route of the parade and around the memorial. Full details can be found here
Battle’s Over Beacon Lighting Ceremony
Sunday 11th November, Jubilee Square, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
As guests and members of the public gather in Jubilee Square, a piper will perform, followed by the playing of the Last Post by Kevin Ashman. There will be an address from the Mayor of Maidstone and military and faith representatives, and a beacon will be lit.
Local churches will ring their bells at 7:05pm to commemorate the end of WW1, which will be audible within the Square, throughout the town centre, and beyond. Churches confirmed as taking part include All Saints Church, St Michael and All Angels.
Maidstone Borough Council will be broadcasting live from both of these events via its Facebook page