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Maidstone residents will have the chance to show their support for the county town’s troops at this year’s Civic and Freedom Parade on Sunday 19 May.
The parade will mark the start of the new Mayor’s year and the troops will be exercising their right as Freemen of the Borough to march with bayonets fixed, colours flying and drums beating.
The Band of the Corp of Royal Engineers will entertain the public in Jubilee Square from 10am until 10:30am. They will then lead the parade, followed by 200 troops from 36 Engineer Regiment (Search). Civilian contingents will march behind them, with more than 400 people in total expected to take part.
The Mayor-Elect, Councillor Clive English, said: “It will be a privilege to join our troops in this parade and a fantastic start to my year as Mayor. It’s a great chance to recognise the many organisations that contribute to civic life and to honour the commitment and dedication of those in both military and civil life who serve their borough and our country. I look forward to seeing as many residents as possible turning out to support our troops.”
At 11am the parade will step off and proceed along Week Street and down the High Street to the Town Hall, where the Mayor will take the salute from the Parade. The parade will then continue into Mill Street and to All Saints Church for the Civic Service.
After the parade has passed the Town Hall, the Mayor will board Sir Tyrwhitt Drake’s carriage and lead a procession of military and civic dignitaries and Maidstone Borough Councillors along Mill Street to All Saints Church.
The Civic Service at All Saints Church will commence at 11:30am and finish at approximately 12:15pm.
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