The 28th anniversary service of the day that the IRA murdered eleven talented Royal Marines Musicians in Deal, took place at the Garden of Remembrance in Canada Road at 0820hrs on the 22nd September, the date and time of that terrible event in 1989.
A fine sunny morning showed the garden at its best as The Reverend Jane Walker, the brother of Msn Bob Simmonds, one of those killed that day, took the service. Musicians from Portsmouth ‘Royal’ Band played the music and supplied the two Buglers for the ‘Last post’ and ‘Reveille’.
The Roll of Honour was read out by Lt Col Nick Grace OBE RM, who also laid a wreath on behalf of all members of the Band Service. Also present were RM Corps Bandmaster WO1 Simon Tripp, and the RM Corps Bugle Major WO11 A J Pinner RM.
Many wreaths were laid by family members and friends of those lost that day, with the Corps RSM WO1 Phil Gilby MBE laying a wreath on behalf of the serving corps, our town Mayor, Cllr David Cronk laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Deal, and our Branch Chairman Paul ‘Riggo’ Richardson laid the Branch wreath. Wreaths have also been laid above the name plaques around the base of the Memorial Bandstand on Walmer Green.
On conclusion of the service, hot drinks and bacon rolls were made available in the RMA club, for which we thank our stewardess, Sue.
WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THEM