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Bombing of Tontine Street in Folkestone remembered today

Contributed by editor on May 25, 2017 - 10:55 AM

 

By Ray Duff

The centenary of the World War One Tontine Street, Folkestone bombing is being marked today, 25 May, with a Service and town walks.

 


On Thursday 25th May a church service is to be held to commemorate all those who were killed and injured in Kent and locally; especially in Tontine Street Folkestone; during the German air raid on the same day one hundred years ago.

The Methodist Church in Sandgate Road, Folkestone will be open for visitors from 2.00pm to visit a small exhibition on the event. This will be followed by a church service led by the Rev Sam Funnel from 5.00pm.


Margaret Care and Martin Easdown with the new memorial plaque  Photo: Eamonn Rooney

Just before 6.22pm people will move to the Garden of Remembrance across the road to officially unveil a commemorative plaque listing all those killed in Tontine Street and beyond.

This event has been facilitated by local historian Martin Easdown and Mrs Margaret Care, the last surviving descendant of the Stokes' family who owned the greengrocers in Tontine Street which was hit.

Following the event local historians Eamonn Rooney and Martin Easdown will be leading history walks around some of the sites affected.

All are welcome to attend the event, but it should be noted that the Church has limited space.

Top photo: Eamonn Rooney

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