Sep 092017

The Office of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent

Drumhead Service, Sunday 23 September, 3.00pm, Kent County Cricket Ground (Spitfire Ground), St Lawrence in Canterbury.

From 2014 to 2018, nations, communities and individuals of all ages will have come together to remember the lives of all those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

In November 2018, we will be bringing to a close four years of commemorations both at home and abroad.

The Lord-Lieutenant has arranged for a Drumhead Service to be held at 3.00pm at the Kent Showground, Detling on Sunday 23 September 2018.

This Service will be the major event for Kent, outside any national events taking place in London, and the Lord Lieutenant envisages that it will be a truly memorable occasion for all those involved and a fitting way to mark the final year of commemorations.  We anticipate around 4000 people will be in attendance.  The Dean of Canterbury, The Very Reverend Robert Willis, will lead the Service.  The band of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment will provide the music and the Military Wives’ Choirs from Shorncliffe and Brompton will also be present to entertain guests.

All regular Service Units – Navy, Army and RAF – in Kent will be invited, as will all Reserve Forces, Veterans and representatives of organisations in Kent who supported our Forces throughout the conflict, such as the Land Army, Women’s Institute, Church Army, The Salvation Army and others.

I am writing on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant to invite you to participate in this Commemoration.  Can I ask you to please complete the attached proforma and return to Miss Jo Holmes, Deputy Clerk to the Lieutenancy at the Civic Office, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ.  An early response would be appreciated to assist with the planning of the event.

We very much hope that you will wish to be part of this special occasion.

Yours sincerely,

Major (Retd) D Bradley BEM DL.                                                                            30 August 2017

For more information on the service, please click here.