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Folkestone Air Raid Memorial Service. Thursday 25th May 2017
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2017, 22:30:18 »
Friday, 25th May 1917 saw the first use by the Germans of the Gotha bomber against Britain. Unable to reach London the Gothas dropped many of their bombs on Folkestone and the surrounding area. At Tontine Street, Folkestone, a single bomb fell outside Stokes Brothers greengrocers killing 61 civilians. Another 18 civilians were killed elsewhere with 18 service men perishing at Shorncliffe camp.

The centenary of the Tontine Street bomb will be marked at 5pm on Thursday 25 May 2017 at the Methodist Church, Sandgate Road, Folkestone with a memorial service. It will be followed by the unveiling at 6.22pm in Christchurch Memorial Gardens of a plaque listing the names of the 81 killed on Tontine Street and the surrounding area.

Refreshments will be available in the Methodist Church from 2pm on the day, where information about the raid will be on display.

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