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Celebrate the Engineers’ freedom on Saturday

Date: 12/05/2008           Category: Members Services / Chief Executive Office

Everyone is invited to come and cheer on Medway’s local heroes as the Royal Engineers march through Brompton to celebrate being awarded the Freedom of the Borough by Medway Council. All are welcome to line the route along Dock Road, Chatham, on Saturday 17 May. The march will start at 11am, from Kitchener Barracks, down Khartoum Road and right at the Kitchener statue into Dock Road. Mayor of Medway Cllr David Carr and the Lord Lieutenant of Kent Allan Willett CMG will take the salute outside the council’s new headquarters at Gun Wharf. The march will continue up Dock Road to finish at Brompton Barracks. At around 12noon the mayor will formally present a scroll and casket, conferring the freedom, to Sir Kevin O'Donaghue, the Chief Royal Engineer. The ceremony will take place at a reception for invited guests in a marquee on the lawn alongside the Gun Wharf offices. You are invited to send photographers to the handover ceremony. They should report to Gun Wharf reception, ideally no later than 11.45, where they will be met by a council press officer. Freedom of the Borough is the highest civic distinction that can be conferred. It recognises the outstanding contribution the Corps of Royal Engineers has made to Medway and confirms the friendship and mutual respect between the Corps, Medway Council and its predecessors. During the march, Dock Road will be closed to all traffic between 10.45am and 11.45am, as will Wood Street from Dock Road to its junction with Prince Arthur Road Chatham. Diversions will signposted. Pedestrian access will be unaffected.