displaying several thousand poppies knitted by the local community.
Canterbury Cathedral will participate in the 6am lament piping, Last Post and Beacon of Light ceremonies and wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial, followed by a service.
That evening Germany’s Heinrich-Schütz- Kantorei will join local choirs in a performance of organist-composer Adrian Bawtree’s Remembrance and Reconciliation.
POPPIES AND TRIBUTES
The 2018 poppy appeal has a knitted theme with installations in, for example, Canterbury, Ashford, Tonbridge, Hawkhurst, Maidstone and Medway.
More than 7000 knitted poppies festoon Canterbury’s Marlowe Arcade, created by volunteers as far afield as Uruguay, while the city’s West Gate tower is decorated with poppies cunningly crafted from plastic bottles and draped in Army donated netting.
This year, the Royal British Legion’s campaign slogan is ‘Thank You.’ “We want to inspire people to thank those who died or changed the world,” explains the Legion’s Jane Ayres. “We’re also asking people to research their family or club heritage to trace those who fought. Everyone’s got a story to tell.”
Tonbridge social historian
Pam Mills adds: “It’s all about remembrance, and not just in November.”
Pam’s home town will welcome Herr Halil Öztas, the Mayor of Heusenstamm, to lay a wreath on 11 November. The German town has enjoyed a close twinning relationship with Tonbridge since 1984. Herr Öztas says: “It is a special occasion which brings me to Tonbridge in November.
“It will be 100 years since the end of the First World War and the end of a tragic chapter in our joint history, in which so many of our countrymen had to endure so much suffering.
“It is therefore our supreme task to prevent future wars and What: VCs for Valour – Sapper VCs of the First World War
Where: Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham
Until: 21 December 2018
About: Display of Victoria Crosses belonging to soldiers of the Royal Engineers
Cost: Included in admission
Contact: 01634 822839, www.re-museum.co.uk
What: Beyond War – Visualising Peace: Artists respond to the Armistice of 1918 Where: Beaney House of Knowledge and Art, Canterbury
When: 10 November 2018 to 10 February 2019
About: Wartime women-themed works by artist/illustrator Kremena Dimitrova
Contact: 01227 862162, canterburymuseums.co.uk/beaney
What: Armistice celebration
Where: Canterbury Christ Church University
When: 9 November 2018
About: Talks by historian Dr Martin Watts and Rev. Dr David Vannerley, exhibition, a Songs of the Great War concert and music masterclass with musicians Johnny Herford and Libby Burgess, service and tribute laying
Contact: 01227 922994, www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-culture
Where: Oast Theatre, Tonbridge
When: 10–17 November 2018
About: Stage adaptation of Pat Barker’s novels, featuring poets Wilfred Owen and Matfield-born Siegfried Sassoon
Cost: From £7.50
Contact: 01732 363849, www.oasttheatre.com
What: War Requiem, by Benjamin Britten Where: Tonbridge School Chapel
When: 24 November 2018
About: Tonbridge Philharmonic Choir, conductor Matthew Willis
Cost: From £8
What: My Boy Jack
Where: Tower Theatre, Folkestone
When: 8–10 November 2018
About: Rudyard Kipling’s tragic play about his son John
Cost: From £10
Contact: 01303 223925, www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk/event/ my-boy-jack
ABOVE: The original Mark IV war tank arrived in Tonbridge on 29 July 1919 and was driven from the then South Eastern Railway station to its new site on the north side of Tonbridge Castle by the Tank Corps delivery crew. It was broken up in 1938 © Private collection‘We want to inspire people to thank those who died or changed the world’