Tenterden to Pay Fitting Tribute with November 11th Armistice Day Ceremonies

21st Sep 2018

Tenterden will be marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One on Sunday, 11th November with tributes at the war memorial and the Kent & East Sussex railway station, as well as the lighting of a beacon on the Recreation Ground.


Says the Mayor of Tenterden, Cllr Pam Smith: "Tenterden lost many servicemen during the Great War, and we want to pay fitting tribute on the final anniversary of the conflict."


The arrangements, which were last week reported at the Town Council's external committee, will include the laying of several wreaths at the High Street war memorial and the sounding of the Last Post.


This will be followed by a separate ceremony at the railway station as the historic Cavell Van is brought up from Bodiam, where it is normally located. The Cavell Van is the rail carriage which brought home the body of the Unknown Warrior, subsequently laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, and the body of Nurse Edith Cavell, the heroine shot in 1915 for aiding the escape of British soldiers.


The day's events, which are being co-ordinated with the Royal British Legion, will conclude at 7pm with the lighting of a beacon on the Recreation Ground, one of a series of similar beacons which will be lit at the same time across Britain. The six metre tall beacon has been funded by Tenterden Lions Club, which is also marking its 60th anniversary.