Date: 15/06/2009 Category: Events
The first National Armed Forces’ Day will take place at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, on Saturday, 27 June. This fantastic fun packed day of ceremony, excitement and adventure is expected to attract ten of thousands of visitors to Medway. Throughout the day there will be displays, entertainment and have-a-go activities for the whole family to enjoy. Timings 10.30am – Tri service celebration parade 11am – Civic salute at Gun Wharf by the Mayor of Medway Cllr David Royle 11.05am – Royal salute in The Historic Dockyard 11.15am – Drumhead service More than 5,000 free hand held flags will be distributed by Medway Council on the day so visitors can join in the celebrations as the moving parade of 300 to 400 personnel from the Royal Engineers, The Royal Ghurkhas, The Royal Navy and The Royal Air Force and Her Majesty’s Band of the Royal Marines heads along Chatham High Street and towards the dockyard. The flags will feature the Armed Forces Day logo on one side and both the dockyard and council logos on the other. They will be distributed from the council’s stand at the event and along the parade route. Travel and parking information for residents Chatham Riverside car park will be closed on Saturday, 27 June. All other Chatham car parks and the bus station will be open as normal. A park and ride bus service for event visitors will be provided on the Great Lines, Gillingham, with signed access from the A289, along Medway Road, Prince Arthur Road, Wood Street, Mansion Row and Sally Port Gardens. A park and ride service will also be provided from Chattenden to the event site. Dock Road will be closed from 8am between the junction with Globe Lane and the Wood Street roundabout, in preparation for the parade between the town centre and the dockyard. This section of road will reopen when it is safe to do so. Residents and businesses along this section will be able to access their properties by permit only, except during the parade itself (10.30am for approximately one hour). Kent Police will issue permits before the event. Additionally, with the exception of buses, thre will be no access along Dock Road from the Wood Street Roundabout towards the Medway Tunnel from approximately 2pm. This is to enusre the safety of people leaving the event. To prevent disruption to St Mary's Island's residents and visitors, access will be by permit only. Kent Police will provide permits nearer to the event.