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A Meridian camera crew films the event
Crowds lined the streets of Deal from the Town Hall through the Precinct and up Queen
Street to the railway station. A camera team from Meridian Television was there to
record the event.
Civic dignatories and Church leaders follow the band
The parade included the Archbishop of Canterbury, representatives of youth groups
and organisations in Deal as well as representatives from all the Cinque Ports Towns.
At just after 12.15 pm on Sunday
31st October, 1999, a Royal Marines Marching Band led a Civic parade from Deal
Town Hall to St Leonard's Church for a service to commemorate the tercentenary of the
signing of the Deal Charter.
Time to go
The original charter, signed by William III, was carried to the church by Marine
Cadets. The service was carried out in the presence of the Archbishop.
The parade nears the top of Queen Street
The parade took place in glorious autumn sunshine, which accounts for the heavy shadows
(sorry!) in some of the pictures.
At the railway station, the band played on while the rest of the parade boarded buses
to take them the rest of the way. They then marched on along London Road to the
church ahead of the buses.