Category: WW1 Centenary

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Standing under the Step Short, First World War memorial arch on The Leas in Folkestone, the decision we have to make as a country on 23rd June seems small. During the First World War there were ten million movements of soldiers through the town, to France and the trenches of the Western Front. For many, marching […]

Sandgate remembers a fallen war hero

On 4th August 2014, we marked the centenary of out break of the First World War when Prince Harry visited Folkestone to unveil the Step Short memorial arch. This is dedicated to the memory of all who served in that conflict, and in particular to the millions of soldiers from around the world, who made […]

2014: A year to remember for Folkestone & Hythe

As 2014 passes we can look back on a year to remember for our area. A particular high point came on 4th August with the visit of Prince Harry to Folkestone to dedicate the Step Short First World War centenary memorial arch. Folkestone’s significant and appropriate marking of this important anniversary was shown around the world […]

Folkestone remembers those that have made the ultimate sacrifice

Remembrance Sunday is always a moving occasion but has been even more so this year as we commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and also mark the end of the involvement of British forces in combat operations in Afghanistan. This year I joined the Mayor of Folkestone, Cllr Alan North, […]

Celebrating 200 Years of the Gukhas serving alongside our armed forces

Prince Harry’s visit to Folkestone to open the Step Short, First World War centenary memorial arch, was a day that the whole town and district could be proud of. It was highly appropriate as well that the parade of soldiers on that day from our local infantry regiment, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, was […]

Step Short event a poignant commemoration

On 4th August Folkestone showed just how much the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War means. Thousands of people turned out for the visit of Prince Harry to dedicate the Step Short memorial arch during the day, and at night thousands more were on The Leas for the torchlight procession and two […]

Minister for Armed Forces visits Step Short Arch

The Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Francois MP, visited Folkestone last Friday to see the progress being made on the Step Short, First World War Centenary memorial arch on The Leas. The project manager, Oly Barratt from Lend Lease, and the team from Folkestone based Walker’s Construction, have been working hard to put the […]

Long term economic plan in action

Having a long term plan for our economy, does not just mean getting the decisions right today on investment and cutting taxes, but also thinking ahead about the infrastructure we will need in the future. We are seeing a real benefit today from the High Speed Rail service from Kent to London, and the Folkestone […]

Step Short Memorial Arch is installed

The memorial arch to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War was put in place on Thursday last week, and it makes a striking addition to the Folkestone skyline. The location of the arch is very fitting, standing overlooking the harbour where the ships waited to take millions of soldiers to […]

Step Short Arch Construction

Standing underneath the newly constructed Step Short Memorial Arch Damian explains: "Behind me on the Leas you can see the Memorial Arch that we've built to mark the centenary of the First World War. We've built an arch on this site to remember the journeys of the men who went to fight in France and […]

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Promoted by Russell Tillson for and on behalf of Damian Collins, both of Folkestone & Hythe Conservative Association both at 4 West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1SP


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