Step Short Parade
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