Step Short Parade

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The Step Short Com­mem­o­ra­tive Parade and Ser­vice was held at the Arch on the Leas at Folke­stone to mark the end of the First World War. It co­in­cided with the Bat­tle of Marne, con­sid­ered as the turn­ing point of the war that led to the cease­fire on 11 Novem­ber 1918. The Memo­rial Arch leads to the Road of Re­mem­brance, known by mil­lions of ser­vice­men, nurses and civil­ian work­ers of all coun­tries as Step Short Hill, coined from the com­mand given as they pro­ceeded to march down it on their way to the har­bour to board the ships to France. In at­ten­dance were The Lord Lieu­tenant of Kent, Vis­count De L’Isle MBE and Ad­mi­ral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG, GCB, OBE, DL who un­veiled a plaque on the Arch Memo­rial Wall.

Damian Collins MP, Chair­man of Step Short, gave a thank you ad­dress to all on parade from the plat­form.

The Mayor of Folke­stone Cllr Ann Berry with guests, of­fi­cials and mem­bers of 1 Royal Gurkha Reg­i­ment, The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Reg­i­ment and the Liv­ing His­tory Group

March­ing through the old Folke­stone Har­bour sta­tion

The Ad­mi­ral of the Fleet The Lord Boyce, The Mayor of Folke­stone Cllr Ann Berry, Vice Chair­man of Step Short, Damian Collins MP and Ma­jor (Re­tired) Richard Cast, Parade Com­man­der

Reg­i­men­tal Stan­dard Bear­ers from the Queen’s Own Buffs The Royal Kent Reg­i­ment

The Lord Lieu­tenant of Kent, Vis­count De L’Isle, tak­ing the salute

Ma­jor (Re­tired) Richard Cast, Parade Com­man­der and Chair­man of Kent Royal Bri­tish Le­gion lead­ing the parade along the Leas at Folke­stone

The Memo­rial Ser­vice tak­ing place un­der the Memo­rial Arch

Ad­mi­ral of the Fleet Lord Boyce with the Lord Lieu­tenant of Kent, Vis­count De L’Isle

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