Published: Tuesday, 26th June 2018

Medway Council and the Royal School of Military Engineering are teaming up to celebrate the constant hard work of the Armed Forces on Saturday, 30 June at The Great Lines Heritage Park in Gillingham.

Armed Forces Day is a national event which celebrates the work of the men and women in the Armed Forces and honours those who have fought to protect our country.

Medway is hosting a family fun day at the Great Lines on Saturday, 30 June, between 11am and 5pm, to celebrate Armed Forces Day. There will activities for all ages in enjoy including a parade at 12.30pm and a performance from The Band of The Corps of Royal Engineers. There will also be a Royal Engineer trade village, Gazelle Helicopters ground display, children’s rides, a military obstacle course and food and drink stalls.

Visitors will also be able to take a closer look at military vehicles and learn more about them. Staff from Medway Council’s A Better Medway service will also be offering advice about healthy eating, smoking and tobacco control, mental health, child health and skin cancer awareness.

Medway’s Armed Forces Day celebration has been sponsored by the MOD, BAE Systems and TopHat, the developer of Kitchener Barracks in Chatham.

'It's important we honour serving and ex-military personnel'

Cllr Howard Doe, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Medway Council, said: “The Armed Forces event is a pleasurable and entertaining day for everyone and it’s a great way to all get together and enjoy the various activities people can try out throughout the day. There is always a great atmosphere at Armed Forces Day. It is important we honour serving and ex-military personnel.”

Medway will also celebrate its proud military history on Sunday, 1 July, as the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) will parade in Chatham town centre to celebrate being awarded the freedom of the borough before taking a salute outside Gun Wharf in Dock Road with the Mayor of Medway, Cllr Steve Iles. Medway Council agreed to award the regiment, affectionately known as the Tigers, with the civic honour to mark their long association with Medway and Kent.

Company C of 3 Battalion PWRR, the Army Reserve Battalion, have been stationed at Fort Clarence in Rochester since 2006 and they continue the regiments proud record of achievements including recent operational experience in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Regular Army and Cyprus supporting the United Nations mission.

The parade will begin in the High Street, at the junction with Church Street at 11am, before heading along Waterfront Way and Dock Road. It is anticipated that the Mayor of Medway will take the salute at around 11.30am. The salute will be followed by a short civic ceremony and the formal presentation of the freedom scroll, for invited guests. Members of the public are welcomed to watch the parade through Chatham town centre.

'We are very proud of our rich military history in Medway'

Cllr Doe, who is also an Armed Forces Champion, said: “We are very proud of our rich military history in Medway. The freedom march is an important step in recognising the continued military presence in Medway, in particular the value of the reserve units. I would encourage residents to join us in Chatham for the freedom of the borough parade to show their support.”

'All the Tigers are looking forward to parading through the town'

Major James Titchener Officer Commanding, A Company, 3rd Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment said: “All the Tigers are looking forward to parading through the town. As the local infantry regiment for the South East it’s important for us all to reaffirm ourselves with the local communities, from which we draw our soldiers and officers. We are also very lucky to have one of our company’s based so close; C Company at Fort Clarence in Rochester. Many of the soldiers that will be parading are from that unit.”

For more information about Armed Forces Day visit www.medway.gov.uk/armedforcesday

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