Maidstone marks Armed Forces day
Saturday June 30 marks the fourth Armed Forces Day when the
whole nation is invited to show support for our military community
both serving and retired, at home and abroad.
To mark this day General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence
Staff, is encouraging the nation to fly the Armed Forces Day Flag
and Maidstone held a flag raising ceremony on Monday 25 June at
10.30 a.m. in Jubilee Square.
The short Flag raising ceremony consisted of an armed honour guard
provided by 20 Field Squadron (Search), the raising of the flag by
Royal Navy Cadet, Kim Stevens, and Kukri dancing by the Queen’s
Gurkha Engineers. The flag will fly for the duration of the
week prior to Armed Forces Day from the Town Hall flag pole.
Attendees included: the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Rodd
Nelson-Gracie, Bill Cockcroft Deputy Lieutenant, representing the
Lieutenancy of Kent, Chris Garland, Leader of Maidstone Borough
Council, Alison Broom, Chief Executive of the council, Major Mathew
Short, Second in Command 36 Engineer Regiment (Search), Inspector
Mark Hutcheon of Maidstone Police, and directors and councillors of
Maidstone Borough Council.
For more information about Armed Forces Day visit: www.armedforcesday.org.uk/index.aspx,