first Memorial March organised by the Step Short group to honour the
memory of the servicemen who embarked to the First World War from
Folkestone took place on Sunday (4 October).
‘Step Short’ is the
command given to marchers when they are
at the top of a hill as reducing the
length of pace helps them keep their
balance and speed.
Folkestone Harbour was considered safer
than Dover for troops to embark as it
was outside the range of guns from the
continent and millions of men came by
train or marched to Folkestone on their
way to the front.
Their route to the harbour was along
what is now called the Road of
Remembrance which is a steep hill. Here
they would have been told to ‘Step
The procession included service
veterans, the air cadet band, the
Folkestone pipe band, serving soldiers,
the Lord Warden and Admiral of the
Cinque Ports, Admiral the Lord Boyce,
the Mayor of Folkestone, Janet Andrews
and Chairman of Shepway District
council, Cllr Susan Carey.
Step Short plans to hold many more
events leading up to the centenary of
the First World war in 2014 to
commemorate Folkestone’s special place
© Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News 2009