New Plans Announced for Tenterden Armistice Day Commemoration

14th Oct 2018

New plans for Tenterden's tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One on Sunday, 11 November, were discussed on Monday night (8 October) at the meeting of the Town Council's external committee.


The day will begin with a bagpiper playing from the St Mildred’s church tower at 6am to commemorate the signing of the Armistice.


At 11am - the time that World War One officially ended - wreaths will be laid at the High Street war memorial, and the Last Post will be sounded.


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.  Members of the public will be invited to attend this ceremony where free tea and coffee will be provided, and the Railway will be offering soup and rolls to purchase.


At 6.40pm, there will be a brief service at the Recreation Ground, followed by the lighting of a six metre tall beacon by Freeman of the Town and founding member of the Tenterden Lions, Mr Roger Champion, who will be assisted by Freeman of the Town Dr Raymond Crawfurd, the Town Mayor Cllr Pam Smith and President of Tenterden Lions Mr Mike Caridia.  At 7.05pm, the bells of St Mildred’s will mark the end of the Armistice Day commemoration.