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CoronationGillingham Town Council has revealed how the town is going to celebrate the king’s impending coronation, with events starting at the end of this month.

The town’s celebrations will begin on Saturday 29 April with a special Coronation Concert with the Top Brass and Wind Concert Band and vocalist Arabella Heaton. The concert is being held at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Gillingham and will start at 6.30 pm. Entry is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

From Sunday 30 April until Monday 8 May there will be a window-spotting competition organised by Gillingham Carnival – forms are available from Cullingford Carpets at £1 per entry.

On Sunday 7 May at 10 am there will be a special church service celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin.

At 12.00 noon on Sunday 7 May there will be a Coronation Procession. This will be an informal procession – people are welcome to come along in Royal themed fancy dress although this is not obligatory! ‘Bring your family and friends and join in,’ says the council.

The procession will start at School Road then make its way down the High Street and stop by the Town Meadow where the mayor Councillor Sharon Cullingford will say a few words and the clergy will say a prayer for King Charles and Queen Camilla before dispersing.

Those wishing to take part in the procession are asked to meet at Gillingham Secondary School playing field (just inside the gates at the School Road entrance) between 11.30-11.45 am.

Following the Coronation Procession there will be the Coronation Big Lunch on the Town Meadow. This will be picnic-style, so bring your own blanket or chair and picnic – food and drink will be available to purchase if you prefer.

At 3pm the crowning of the Carnival Royalty will take place. There will be music for all ages and children’s activities, including face painting. The event will close at 6pm.

On Monday 8 May thousands of organisations, big and small, are getting together to mark The King’s Coronation by giving everybody the chance to try volunteering for themselves and make a difference in their community – The Big Help Out.

Gillingham Town Council will be organising a community spring clean event starting at 10am from the Town Hall. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and encouraging everyone to take pride in the natural environment can keep it cleaner for longer.

If you would like to join the Big Help Out Spring Clean in Gillingham please contact Gillingham Town Council on 01747 823588 for further information.

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