There will be a special flag-raising ceremony and service to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation on Sunday 2 June at 12.30pm on Gravesend’s Community Square.

The Mayor of Gravesham Cllr Derek Sales will lead the celebration and the service will be conducted by his chaplain Rev Canon Chris Stone, Rector of Gravesend.

The six flags on the square will be raised to mark the occasion.

A special guest will be Hugh Marshall, from Meopham, who was 17 years old on Coronation Day and serving with the 75th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery based at Milton Barracks. On the day itself he was on duty with his regiment in London assisting with arrangements which included installing tents in the Royal Parks for the 1,000 policemen who lined the route. His regiment also undertook guard duties including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and the Bank of England during the week of the coronation.

Mr Marshall will raise one of the flags on the square.

The council is offering the chance for five others to raise the flags. We want to hear of your memories of the day or other royal occasions since and those judged the most interesting will get to take part.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event.