This Saturday, residents are invited to join the incoming Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Marion Ring, for her Mayoral parade in the town centre, taking place after the annual Mayor Making ceremony.
The Civic Parade incorporates the inauguration of the new Mayor of Maidstone and 36 Engineer Regiment and The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers exercising their rights as Honorary Freemen of the Borough to march through the town with bayonets fixed.
On the morning of 18th May, the military, led by the Parachute Regimental Band, will march along Week Street, meeting up with civilian contingents in Earl Street and proceed to All Saints Church via the High Street. The Mayor and senior military personnel will take the salute from the parade from a dais to the side of the Town Hall at 11.30am.
Cllr Marion Ring and Mr Richard Ring will lead the procession in a horse drawn landau carriage, supplied by Acorn Carriage Hire.
Cllr Ring previously served as Deputy Mayor from 2018/19.
Some roads closures will be in place between 10.30am and 12.30pm, using rolling closures where possible. Roads will be reopened once the procession has passed. Roads affected include:
Sandling Road (Jcn with White Rabbit roundabout)
St Faiths Street
Wyke Manor Road (Jcn with King Street)
Gabriels Hill (Jcn with High Street)
Pudding Lane (Jcn with High Street)
Lower High Street (Jcn with High Street)
Old College Horseway - road closure from 06.00 to 13.00
Jubilee Square and Bank Street - road closure from 09.00 to 13.00
Additionally, a temporary closure will take place at approx. 11.10am to allow the military coaches safe access when reversing into Mill Street car park. The temporary closure will be lifted once coaches are safely off the road.
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