Zeebrugge centenary commemorations - road closure information as district marks WWI naval raid

Friday, 13 April 2018
Parades featuring the Royal Navy and Royal Marines along with representatives of reserve, cadet and veterans organisations will be a key feature of commemorations in Dover on Monday, 23 April (St George’s Day) to mark the centenary of the WWI naval raids on the Belgian ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend. 

The commemorations are organised by Dover Town Council and start at 10:15am with a service and wreath-laying at the Zeebrugge Memorial in St James’s Cemetery.  
  • Road closure (0900-1115): Old Charlton Road 0900-1115

At 11:30am the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood leads a parade from the Market Square to the Maison Dieu. The parade will form up in front of the Maison Dieu where the Town Mayor of Dover, will ring the historic Zeebrugge Bell at midday. 
  • Road closure (1100-1145): Market Square, Cannon Street, Biggin Street (precinct section)
  • Rolling road closure (1140-1150): Biggin Street (section between Pencester Road and Edwards Road)
  • Road closure (1145-1230): Priory Road, High Street (outside odds 1-19), Effingham Crescent
  • Road closure (1200-1210): Ladywell for two minutes silence 

The commemorations move to Deal in the afternoon for events organised by the Royal Marines Heritage Trails.  This includes the launch of the Royal Marines Heritage Trails, marking the town’s historic links with the Marines. Many of the Royal Marines who took part in the Zeebrugge and Ostend raids trained in Deal. 

The Corps and Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood, led by a colour guard from 42 Commando, will exercise their freedom of the borough of Deal with a parade through the town.

Members of the public are invited to come along and watch the parades.  Motorists are asked to respect road closures which will be reopened as soon as possible after the parades have passed.

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