Medway gets ready to celebrate the Armed Forces

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Medway Matters

Medway will pay tribute to the Armed Forces next weekend.

Great Lines Heritage Park will play host to Medway Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 27 June, and more than 12,000 people are expected to go along to the free event in Gillingham.

The day which runs from 11am to 5.30pm, celebrates our Armed Forces, and a highlight will be a 500-strong parade of current serving men and women, armed forces veterans and cadets who will march across Great Lines at 12.30pm led by the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers.

And 69 Squadron of the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, once based in Chatham, will also be participating with a display of Gurkha soldiers and Nepalese culture.

Get involved in the Royal Engineer trades village presented by the Royal School of Military Engineering which will offer have-a-go activities like bricklaying, mini-bridge building, mine detecting, drive-a-digger and a giant assault course.

Be sure not to miss the military bridge building competition, the Sea Cadets naval gun run, the Waterloo Dispatch horse drawn carriage and the historic vehicles rally.

There will also be live music at the bandstand, including performances by the Swingtime Sweethearts and the BAE Systems Band. And don’t forget the much-loved fun fair.

Medway Council’s Leader Cllr Alan Jarrett said: “Medway has strong links with the Armed Forces and has been hosting Armed Forces Day annually since 2009.

“We have been delighted with the success of these celebrations at the Great Lines in the past and we will continue showing our support for the magnificent work that the Armed Forces do on our behalf and this is a great way to honour them.”

BAE Systems are sponsors of the event and Sallyann McLean, Site Executive Lead at BAE Systems, Rochester, said: “BAE Systems is proud to support the men and women who make up our armed forces community, and we are excited to be involved with the Medway Armed Forces Day event again this year. Through our Community Investment programme at BAE Systems, we are committed to working together with local communities to support service members, past and present, as well as their families.”

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