Parades and services organised by Dover Town Council to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Zeebrugge Raid are to be held on St George’s Day (April 23).
The Zeebrugge Bell at Maison Dieu (Town Hall), Dover, has been struck each year at noon in memory of volunteers who took part in the audacious amphibious raid on the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. The raid was a desperate attempt by the Royal Navy’s Dover Patrol to stop German submarines wreaking havoc among allied shipping.
Many lives were lost and memorial services have been held in the coastal communities of Dover and Zeebrugge ever since, with this year’s events set to serve as one of the key commemorations of centenary events relating to the First World War.
Dover events 23 April 2018
10.15am: Service and wreath laying at the Zeebrugge Memorial, St James's Cemetery, Dover, led by the Mayor of Dover. Royal Navy and Royal Marines in attendance. Please note: The road to St James’s Cemetery and car park will be closed for public access surrounding the service and parade.
11.30am: Parade from the Market Square to Maison Dieu (Town Hall) led by the Royal Marines and band.
Noon: Mayor of Dover rings ‘Eight Bells’ on the Zeebrugge Bell, followed by a short service.
HMS Somerset will take part in the commemorations in Belgium and sail to Dover for the anniversary.
Dover Museum will be staging an exhibition, Twisting the Dragon’s Tail – The Dover Patrol and the Zeebrugge Raid, which will include first-hand accounts of the raid and artefacts and photographs from the raiding force, as well as looking at the role of the Dover Patrol in keeping the Channel safe for shipping.