The Parade will assemble in Rhodes Street behind Debenhams by 10:10am, then step off at 10:20am arriving at Victoria Gardens in time for the service to begin at 10:45am. There is free parking in public car parks until 2pm. After the Service the Parade will return via the High Street and a saluting base at the Central Theatre expecting to dismiss at approximately 11:45am.
Following various discussions with Kent Police and Cllr Vince Maple, the Rev. Brian Adams, Rector of Chatham, has written to assure us the Annual Parade and Remembrance Sunday Service will go ahead as usual on Sunday 10th November.
He is grateful for the help given by Kent Police to find marshals. There will still be a Police presence, though reduced as the marshals will be doing that job. He is grateful to the Kent Raynet and South East 4x4 Response organisations for helping out at such short notice.
The British Legion Standard of the old Chatham Branch, now laid up in the Emmaus Church Centre, will be present though not paraded, by agreement of The Royal British Legion - Kent.
Order Of The Day
10:10am The parade will assemble in the Rhodes Street car park area (behind Debenhams) under the orders of the Parade Marshall and marshalled by Kent Raynet and 4x4 throughout the route. (No car parking charges during the morning: 7:00am to 2:00pm)
10:20am The Parade will march off to Victoria Gardens via High Street, Waterfront Way and the Station. On arrival units will proceed to the areas allocated. (Scouts and Guides please provide stewards to ensure young people are at the front, and to distribute Orders of Service and provide PA system for Rector).
10:40am Dignitaries assemble with wreaths at front of congregation facing the War Memorial. All other attendees are asked to gather around but leave space for young people at the front. Any with disabilities please be sure to come to the front.
Parade, on arrival, assembles around War Memorial. All those with 'colours/standards' parade alongside the Memorial facing the congregation.
10:45am The Service will commence (as laid down in Order of Service). (All who wish to lay wreaths are invited to the front row of the congregation.)
11:15am approx At the conclusion of the Service the Dignitaries will depart to the Saluting Base outside the Central Theatre in the High Street.
11:30am approx The parade will march back to Rhodes Street by the reverse route; the Salute to be taken outside the Central Theatre by Tracey Crouch MP and other dignitaries as present on the day.
11:45am approx The Parade will disperse at the Order of the Parade Marshall.
Those wishing to parade one way are welcome to do so.
Guests and those taking part in the Parade will be welcome to attend a Reception at the Central theatre after the Service and Parade.
Please note there is ample free parking in the car parks. Please park as directed by the police/marshals on the day.