Prince Harry in Folkestone

PUBLISHED: 09:31 13 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:56 15 September 2014

Prince Harry unveils the Step Short Commorative Arch @ Manu Palomeque/LNP

Prince Harry unveils the Step Short Commorative Arch @ Manu Palomeque/LNP

Manu Palomeque/LNP

A new memorial arch was unveiled in the Kent seaside town and crowds of thousands flocked to see the Royal visitor do the honours

Crowds of thousands lined the Folkestone seafront to watch Prince Harry unveil a new memorial arch as part of a series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of 
the outbreak of World War One.

The splendid ceremony, organised by Folkestone-based educational charity 
Step Short, marked the centenary of the First World War and saw many war veterans turn out to mark the occasion.

Some six million troops passed through the East Kent seaside town during the 
First World War and for many it was the last time they ever set foot on English soil.

The Prince, who wore No 1 dress of 
the Blues and Royals, greeted dignitaries before unveiling Folkestone’s memorial arch and laying a wreath at the town’s 
war memorial.

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone 
and Hythe and chairman of Step Short, 
said many of the men and women who went to war would have walked through the site where everyone stood today, before making the walk down to the harbour.

He added: “One hundred years ago 
in this country, a country that was not 
yet the full democracy that we know 
today, people believed that freedom 
was worth fighting for.”

Step Short is an educational charity which has worked to ensure that all those who passed through Folkestone during 
the First World War are remembered in 
an appropriate way during the centenary.

PICTURES BY: MANU PALOMEQUE

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