The 29th anniversary service of the day that the IRA murdered eleven young and talented Royal Marines Musicians in Deal Barracks took place at their memorial in the Garden of Remembrance off Canada Road at 0820hrs on the 22nd September 2018, the date and time of the atrocity in 1989.
A dry but overcast morning saw a larger than usual attendance as the Reverend Jane Walker, the brother of Msn Bob Simmonds, one of those killed that day, took the service.
Musicians from the Portsmouth (Royal) Band played the music and supplied the Bugler for the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’.
The ‘Roll of Honour’ was read out by Lt Col Jason Burcham DMRM, who also laid a wreath on behalf on the Band Service. Also present were the RM Corps Bandmaster WO1 Simon Tripp and WO1 Brown RM.
Many wreaths were laid by family and friends of those lost that terrible day, including one from our town Mayor Nick Tomaszewski who laid a wreath on behalf of our town and the people of Deal, and a wreath from Cllr Sue Chandler Chairman of Dover District Council. Our Branch wreath was laid by our Chairman Mr Paul ‘Riggo’ Richardson. Wreaths have also been laid above the name plaques around the base of the Memorial Bandstand on Walmer Green.
On completion of the service hot drinks and bacon rolls were made available in the club, for which we thank our stewardess, Sue.