Folkestone Gurkha Parade

Folkestone Gurkha parade - support the troops

In or around the Folkestone Area this coming Thursday ?

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HUNDREDS of Gurkha soldiers who have returned home from Afghanistan will take part in a parade through Folkestone next week.

Members of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles, based at Shorncliffe Barracks, will march through the town centre and will be formally be granted Freedom of Entry to the Town by mayor Janet Andrews.

Residents are invited to line the route of the march and cheer on the soldiers on Thursday, June 18.

Cllr Andrews said: "This is for the people of Folkestone to give their appreciation back to the Gurkhas.

"If people can turn out on the route I personally would be grateful."

It is expected there will be between 400 and 600 troops taking part in the march, which will begin with the soldiers gathering in Clifton Road.

They will then march down the Leas where they will stop by the statue of William Harvey and be met by the mayor at around 9.30am.

Here the resolution affording the battalion the freedom of the town will be read out and a scroll will be presented to the soldiers.

The battalion will then continue down the Leas before turning into Cheriton Place, then Sandgate Road, into West Terrace before heading back down the Leas.

The parade is expected to finish between 10.30am and 11am.

Among the guests invited by the town council to the event are Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard, past mayors of Folkestone, Chief Superintendent Chris Hogben and actress Joanna Lumley.

Cllr Andrews said: "We invited Joanna Lumley because personally I think she’s the queen of the Gurkhas."

Some road closures along the route will be in place from 6am on Thursday while other roads will be closed to on-street parking from 8pm on Wednesday, June 17.

Residents and traders were sent letters advising them of the parade and areas where there would be no parking. All hotels in the area have also received personal visits from staff from Folkestone Town Council.

Cllr Andrews said: "Thank you to the residents and shopkeepers.

"We think this will be an honour for the town. This is a town event for the Gurkhas."
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