Short Parade 2012
At 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 5th August 2012 the Step-Short
Commemorative March took place in Folkestone. The Parade
formed up on the Leas opposite The Grand Hotel at 10.30
a.m. At 11.00 a.m. The Parade Marched off along the leas,
down The Road of Remembrance and into the Harbour Area.
Millions of men marched down Folkestones Road
of Remembrance between 1914 and 1918 on their way to the
harbour. Those men were soldiers heading for the ferries
that would take them to Boulogne, the trenches of France
and Belgium and an uncertain future. As they prepared
to march down the hill they would hear the order Step
Short, a command to shorten their stride to make
tackling the steep gradient safer.
This was the fourth such commemorative march held
by the Step Short Project on or about the 1st Sunday in
August each year leading up to the Centenary in 2014 of
one of the most significant events in the recent history
of the nation the outbreak of the First World War.
The Parade consisted of Veterans and their Standards;
World War 1 Historical Groups dressed in period military
uniform, various Cadet Forces, detachments, Guides and
Scout Groups, and was led by the Folkestone Pipes &
Drums Band, and The Folkestone & Hythe Sea Cadet Band.
Dignitaries such as the Folkestone M.P. Damian Collins,
(The Step Short Chairman) The Folkestone Town Council,
Cinque Port Mayors and members of the general public also
joined the march. Alan Warren from the RRF SE Kent Branch
was the Parade Marshall.