Cllrs. Gary Etheridge and John Williams felt extremely proud and privileged to have the honor to represent residents of Strood Rural at Medway’s Armed Forces Day, which was presented by Medway Council in conjunction with the Royal School of Military Engineering.

Twenty acres of displays and have-a-go activities for all ages. Royal Engineer trades village, army medical services, infantry displays, Royal Military Police, Army PTI’s kiddies obstacle course, Naval Forces display area, helicopters fly-in, military parade, bandstand concerts, military wives choir, arena displays, military heritage displays and a giant funfair. More than fifty display stands showcasing the armed forces, cadet forces, armed forces charities and military interest groups.

This year saw a special focus on the infantry with the Freedom of the Borough being conferred on the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment on Sunday 1st July. Medway residents lined the streets to welcome the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. The regiment was awarded the freedom of the borough to mark their long association with Medway and with Kent. The parade started at 11am from the Church Street end of Chatham High Street to Military Road, then proceeded along Dock Road, ending at Gun Wharf.