Dover road closures for Zeebrugge Centenary.


Dover road closures as district marks WWI naval raid with parades

Parades featuring the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, along with representatives of reserve, cadet and veterans organisations, will be a key feature of commemorations in Dover and Deal on Monday, 23 April (St George’s Day) to mark the centenary of the WWI naval raids on the Belgian ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend, leading to Dover road closures.

Dover road closuresThe commemorations in Dover are organised by Dover Town Council and start at 1015 with a service and wreath-laying at the Zeebrugge Memorial in St James’s Cemetery.

  • Road closure (0900-1115): Old Charlton Road

At 1130 the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood leads a parade from the Market Square to the Maison Dieu.  The parade will form up in front of the Maison Dieu where the Town Mayor of Dover will ring the historic Zeebrugge Bell at midday.

  • Road closure (1100-1145): Market Square, Cannon Street, Biggin Street (precinct section)
  • Rolling road closure (1140-1150): Biggin Street (section between Pencester Road and Edwards Road)
  • Road closure (1145-1230): Priory Road, High Street (outside odds 1-19), Effingham Crescent
  • Road closure (1200-1210): Ladywell for two minutes silence 

The commemorations move to Deal in the afternoon for events organised by the Royal Marines Heritage Trails.  This includes the launch of the Royal Marines Heritage Trails, marking the town’s historic links with the Marines.  Many of the Royal Marines who took part in the Zeebrugge and Ostend raids trained in Deal.

The Corps and Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood, led by a colour guard from 42 Commando, will exercise their freedom of the borough of Deal with a parade through the town.

  • Road closures (1450-1530): Dover Road (between Cornwall Road and Canada Road); The Strand (entire length); Victoria Road (between Marine Road and Gilford Road); Marine Road (northern limb)
  • Road closures (1550-1630): Prince of Wales Terrace (entire length); Beach Street (from Prince of Wales Terrace to King Street); King Street (entire length); High Street (between King Street & St George’s Road); St George’s Road (between High Street and West Street junction)

Parking suspensions will also be in place along the route of the parade in Deal.

Members of the public are invited to come along and watch the parades.  Motorists are asked to respect road closures which will be reopened as soon as possible after the parades have passed. 


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