Home ... Herne Bay ... War website shows our place on the front line

War website shows our place on the front line

REMEMBERED: The War Memorial at Canterbury Cathedral
REMEMBERED: The War Memorial at Canterbury Cathedral

A NEW website has been launched to mark the centenary of the First World War and how it affected Kent. Frontline Kent was set up by Visit Kent and Kent County Council and features key wartime locations. Canterbury cathedral gets a mention for the Warriors Chapel of St Michael, where the colours of the Buffs, the Royal East Kent Regiment, are laid up. And from Herne Bay can be seen the offshore army forts of Shivering Sands and Red Sands, which were built to guard London from bombing raids. Frontlinekent.co.uk offers tours, suggested itineraries and general information for people wanting to explore the county’s wartime history. As well as the centenary of the First World War, 2014 also marks 75 years since the outbreak of the Second World War and 70 years since the D-Day landings. Thanet gets a focus on the website as well. On July 26 and 27, Bygone Days Historical Group will be holding its annual Thanet at War, an event aiming to recreate life in Thanet in the 1940s with memorabilia and displays. The event will feature Army, Royal Air Force and Navy reenactments — including a wartime field hospital. Away from the specifically war-related, there will be a 1940s garage with equipment, a 1940s fire engine and Punch and Judy show for younger visitors. Angela Cousins, 67, chairman of Bygone Days, said:

“We hope it appeals to all ages, bringing back memories for older generations and giving the youngsters something fun to learn about too.”

The website was launched at Dover Castle, another site of particular interest to visitors, by Amanda Coltrell, chairman of Visit Kent, and Mark Dance, cabinet member for tourism at Kent County Council. Mrs Cottrell said:

“There is tremendous interest in uncovering the experiences of people caught up in these major conflicts both at home and overseas. Now our new website offers everyone a perfect introduction to this year’s commemorative events and exhibitions alongside destinations right across Kent that contributed to the war efforts. These include our iconic castles, secret intelligence bases and the historic houses that opened their doors to the wounded returning from overseas. We are also highlighting places to visit associated with the many Kent people undertaking less high profile but equally vital work to support major military initiatives and keep the home fires burning during both world wars.”

Cllr Dance added:

“Kent has always been the guardian of England end this year’s commemorations give us all a chance to explore our heritage and the tremendous contribution our county and our people made to the two world wars.”

Herne Bay Times, May 8th 2014

Check Also

Albion Rovers, and why I fell out with Cameron

There are now just two weeks until the general election, and political parties have began …