The unveiling and dedication of the Gurkha Memorial
Sunday 4th October saw the unveiling and dedication of the Gurkha Memorial, at the St Georges Church Gdns in Sangate Rd here in Folkestone. Remembrance Line Association has always supported the Gurkha Community here in Folkestone. Last year we donated £500.00 towards the memorial and have more recently given to the Nepal earthquake fund. The weather was ideal and the occasion was endorsed by speeches from local political, charitable and Military dignitaries. A large crowd was in attendance. Officials from Nepal were also present as well as the local Gurkha ladies dance troupe which really set an authentic atmosphere for the ceremony. Capping the proceedings was actress and Gurkha equality campaigner Joanna Lumley who unveiled the wonderful new sculpture forming the memorial- followed by rapturous applause.
Accompanying photos all by Andy Cadier.
Remembrance Line Association October 2015
News Update - 16/11/2015
RLA was out in force to support Remembrance Sunday at the Folkestone War Memorial on 8th November. Leading member Rosemary Dadson (first picture left ) assisted our chairman in laying the RLA wreath at the ceremony. A number of members then proceeded to take part the Gurkha Remembrance Service at St Georges. (second picture below)
RLA back on the street with our ... why not Folkestone Port? survey unit last Saturday 14th . We deliberately downplayed the immediate RLA connection,which proved fruitful and a good talking point. This is a part of the build up to our new business proposal to be jointly presented by us and our Light Railway consultants. As you can see this second outing was a dull, damp day as we sheltered in the Tent interviewing a member of the public. In spite of the inclement weather,spirits were good and we managed to carry out 30-40 interviews. A relatively quiet town centre didn't effect the response which as usual was overwhelmingly positive-and we even had several membership application requests. Many thanks to Margie,Matt , Rodney and even the chairman for braving the elements.