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Kent Event Centre marks WWI centenary

Kent Event Centre has raised hundreds of pounds to purchase a 6ft aluminium soldier marking the centenary of the end of World War I. The soldier stands in Kent Event Centre’s grounds where the RAF Detling was a station of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) in World War I and the Royal Air Force (RAF) in World War II. 

The monument was funded by event organisers, staff and visitors to the venue ahead of the renowned Kent County Show taking place in July this year. It is part of Kent Remembers, a collection of displays at the Kent County Show to honour those who served their country during the War. Kent Remembers also includes the Royal British Legions iconic ‘Every One Remembered’ sculpture and a display of poppies handcrafted by the local community.

The Kent County Show will take place at the Kent County Showground, the same site as Kent Event Centre, on the 6-8 July 2018. The Show is a wonderful day out with plenty of displays, entertainment and local food with over 400 exhibitors and 300 competitions, activities and displays. It is the showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life. 

Kent Event Centre’s manager, Alison Wallington, says: “At the Kent Event Centre we are extremely proud of our heritage. This special monument marking the end of World War I is our opportunity to honour those who were stationed here during the War and is a daily reminder to all of those visiting the venue of the huge sacrifice made by so many people for our freedom.”