Thou­sands line streets for a royal un­veil­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Prince Harry of­fi­cially opened a new memo­rial arch at the top of The Leas in Folke­stone on Mon­day.

Thou­sands of peo­ple lined the streets to hon­our the mil­lions of men who sac­ri­ficed their lives, to mark the cen­te­nary of the out­break of the First World War on Mon­day.

A pa­rade of 1,000 mil­i­tary per­son­nel, led by the Band of the Bri­gade of Gurkhas, and civil­ians, be­hind the Folke­stone Pipers and Drum­mers, marched along The Leas from The Grand to the new arch.

A short com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice fol­lowed, with Prince Harry lay­ing a wreath at the war memo­rial.

He then took the sa­lute be­fore join­ing the pa­rade down the Road of Re­mem­brance to the har­bour – a route which mil­lions of men took be­fore de­part­ing from Folke­stone har­bour on their way to the Western Front.

The prince also chat­ted to spec­ta­tors and to mil­i­tary per­son­nel from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as cadets and vet­er­ans.

Com­mem­o­ra­tions fin­ished in the evening with a mov­ing ser­vice around the war memo­rial in torch­light af­ter thou­sands pa­raded along The Leas.

Crowds gath­ered at the memo­rial at the top of the Road of Re­mem­brance af­ter pass­ing un­der the arch as the lights went out at 11pm, mark­ing the start of a two-minute si­lence.

Over at the Shorn­cliffe Mil­i­tary Cemetery in Hos­pi­tal Hill, Sandgate, vol­un­teers from the Shorn­cliffe Trust hon­oured the fallen soldiers by light­ing a lantern and plac­ing one at each grave.

There are 550 Bri­tish, Cana­dian, Bel­gian, Chi­nese and Com­mon­wealth soldiers buried at the cemetery.

The memo­rial arch is of­fi­cially opened

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM3333857

Prince Harry stops for a chat at Folke­stone har­bour

Pic­ture: Ruth Cuer­den FM3335335 Pic­ture: Manu Palomeque/LNP Pic­ture: Manu Palomeque/LNP

Torch-lit pa­rade at the Shorn­cliffe Mil­i­tary Cemetery

Prince Harry takes the sa­lute

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