Remembrance Day Parade and Service, Victoria Gardens, Chatham, 2013

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Date and time: 
Sunday, 10 November 2013 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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.

Parade Band courtesy of 1404 ATC
PA system courtesy of Scouts
Service Band courtesy of The Salvation Army

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.


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Chatham Remembrance Parade and Service to take place

Press release by Councillor Vince Maple:

Chatham Remembrance Parade and Service to take place

Following detailed discussions, the Chatham Remembrance Parade and Service have now been confirmed.

The discussions which have involved Kent Police, Rev.Canon Brian Adams, Cllr Vince Maple and Richard Mason from Kent Raynet.

This has led to a positive outcome which will mean volunteers working with the police to ensure that the historic route can be maintained allowing the maximum amount of participation in this important civic event.

The parade will form up as usual behind Debenhams, going along Chatham High Street to Victoria Gardens via Railway Street passing St John's Church and Chatham Railway Station on the route.

The parade will be marshalled by local volunteers from Kent Raynet & South East 4x4 Response supported by Kent Police.

Cllr Vince Maple, Chatham Central Ward Councillor said "It is great we have resolved this positively, with the community working with the police to find the right outcome. I am grateful to all those contributing to ensure that Chatham’s parade can take place, allowing the maximum recognition and remembrance for those who fought for our freedoms".

Rev.Canon Brian Adams said "I am grateful for the help given by Kent Police to finding marshals. There will still be a Police presence supporting the marshals in doing that job. I am grateful to the Raynet and South East 4x4 Response organisations for helping out at such short notice. I look forward to a record number of people joining us for both the parade and the remembrance service."

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner said: 'I'm absolutely delighted that the Parade will now go ahead. I'm particularly glad I was able to play a role in bringing all the parties together to find a way forward. It is so important that as a society we take the time to remember those who lost their lives for us all - this parade is a great way for everyone to do this. Remembrance Sunday is a really special day and I hope lots of people come along and share this special moment.'

The Chatham Town Centre Forum, which includes local businesses, councillors, and Kent Police, have agreed to lead on the organisation responsibilities for the 2014 parade and service which will be part of the national remembrance for the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

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