On Saturday 25 June at 6.00pm, Armed Forces Day in Medway will be brought to its traditional close with a Beating Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. This popular, traditional event will feature the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth, together with the Duke of York’s Royal Military School Band and the City of Rochester Pipe Band – all three of these bands have previously performed at events at The Historic Dockyard.

Tickets are available at £12.00 for a front view, £10.00 for a side view and £8.00 for a rear view and can be purchased on line at http://www.thedockyard.co.uk; by telephoning 01634 823826 or in person at The Historic Dockyard Admissions Desk during normal opening hours (10am – 6pm everyday). The Beating Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset is a fund raising event in aid of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust.

On the morning of 25th June 2011 there will be an Armed Forces and Veterans’ Parade through Rochester High Street (leaving Crow Lane at 10.30am) led by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth, a drumhead service in Rochester Castle Gardens at 11.00 am followed by an Armed Forces and Veterans’ Reception at the Castle Gardens. This is being organised by Medway Council. Any members of the public requiring information on the morning parade or drumhead service should contact the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester on 01634 843666.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is also delighted to be supporting Armed Forces Day this year by offering free daytime entry (10am – 6pm) to The Historic Dockyard – including all the galleries and attractions – for Veterans, current Service Personnel and former Dockyard workers (prior to the Dockyard’s closure in 1984). Complimentary tickets can be obtained on arrival on presentation of ID or proof of service. Up to five accompanying guests will be able to purchase ‘Guest Day Tickets’ on the day at Visitor Admissions at the reduced price of £9.50.