Street party planned for Armed Forces Day

PUBLISHED: 14:59 13 June 2011

Anna Golden is due to perform at the event in Civic Square, Gravesend.

Anna Golden is due to perform at the event in Civic Square, Gravesend.


Britain’s Armed forces – past, present and future – will be honoured with a 1940s-style lunchtime concert party.

The event planned for the new Civic Square, in Gravesend, next Monday will see a national flag-raising ceremony from 12.30pm followed by the extravaganza as events take place around the country in the lead-up to Armed Forces Day the following Saturday.


For the event organised by Gravesham Borough Council, mayor Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi will join service personnel in a show of support. He will inspect service personnel after the flag-raising and before the concert starts.

The event builds on impressive Royal Wedding celebrations held earlier in the year at the new square, where images of schoolchildren taking part in a traditional street party made national headlines.

Councillor Dhesi said: “It is a chance to show our collective support for our armed forces, which do such a great job.”

Music will be provided by the Salvation Army Band, which will also offer free refreshments from a Naafi-style wagon. Professional entertainers, including Anna Golden, Richard Green, Malcolm Jordan and Mark Walsh, will re-create the sights and sounds of the war years.

A Home Front exhibition bus, with detailed reconstructions of a 1940s living room, a shop, bombed-out street and air-raid shelter, will be open to visitors. Everyone is invited to bring picnics.

Sevenoaks District Council Chairman Bob Orridge and his wife Sylvia, both former Royal Air Force members, are due to raise a union flag at the same time next Monday at the council offices in Argyle Road, Sevenoaks. They will be joined by armed forces veterans, cadets and the Reverend Mark Griffin, who will say prayers prior to flag- raising.

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