Royal Marines Memorial Concert – Sunday 14 July 2019

This year’s Royal Marines Memorial Concert see us remember the 11 musicians who were killed 30 years ago in 1989.

We can announce that the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band) and Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood will both be performing at the Deal Memorial Bandstand on Sunday 14 July.

The concert will start at 14:30 when the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band) will perform an exciting first half to the Walmer Green audience.

During the second half of the concert, the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood will be playing a selection of marches, whilst marching from Canada Road towards the Strand where they will continue their musical display, before joining the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band) at the Bandstand on Walmer Green.  The concert will continue with the rededication of the bandstand and a rousing and memorable finale.

We expect to welcome a larger than usual audience for this year’s concert and therefore have hired four large LED TV screens, which will be positioned on Walmer Green to enhance your viewing of the concert. This will give the audience a greater, clearer view of both the concert being performed on the Bandstand and the musicians who will be marching from Canada Road towards Walmer Green during the second half of the concert.  We would like to thank Kent County Council Councillors Murphy, Bond and Marsh for providing us with a grant to be able to provide these screens. Their support is very much appreciated.

For those wishing to ensure they get the best view on the day we do recommend you arrive early.  We do hope you enjoy this fabulous concert – a highlight in the town of Deal’s annual calendar.

Some further information on the day to help you plan is provided below:

Concert Timings and Pre Concert Entertainment

The concert will commence at 14:30 on Sunday 14 July, however the Band of HM Royal Marines will be arrived by late morning and will practice and perform a sound check on the Bandstand from around 10:30.

Prior to the concert we are pleased to welcome the local Sea Cadets  and the Victory Wartime band who both will be performing in front of the bandstand.

The concert should be completed by 17:30.

RAF Memorial Flight

We have confirmation of a RAF  fly past to be performed by a Spitfire.  Timings once confirmed on the day will be announced over the PA at the Bandstand. We thank for RAF for providing this special flypast on the 75th year since D-Day.

Raffle Tickets and Concert Programme

As in previous years we will be selling raffle tickets as well as bandstand merchandise and asking for donations to receive a programme. Our concert programme is again produced by the East Kent Mercury, and we thank them for providing the concert programme.

Our team of volunteers will be making their way through the audience on Walmer Green but are also located in one of the blue Deal Bandstand gazebos located on Walmer Green. Please do go to see them to purchase raffle tickets and a programme.

We are also pleased to accept donations by text message through donr. Text BANDSTAND followed by amount (i.e. BANDSTAND 10) to 70085 to send a donation to the Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust.


There is a very limited amount of unreserved seating for the public which is located directly in front of the Bandstand.  This is available on a first one first served basis and can not be pre-reserved.

Toilet Facilities

Additional portable toilet facilities will be at either side of the Walmer Green, as well as the local council run facilities adjacent to the paddling pool (north of the bandstand).

First Aid

First Aid is provided on the day by the Red Cross. They will be located on Walmer Green in a prominent position.


A number of catering facilities will be provided on Walmer Green by Riverside Catering selling hot and cold drinks, ice creams and fast food.

Disabled Car Parking

Limited car parking for disabled blue badge permits holders only will be provided on the south side of the Lifeboat Station on the Strand, on a first come first served basis. This will be signposted and marshalled.  Please ensure you have your Blue Badge pass to gain access. Please note that there is no provision for any other car parking either on the Strand or in close proximity to the Bandstand.

Road Closures

Please be advised that the following roads will be closed from approx 13:30 on Sunday 14 July.
The Strand and Dover Road – from the junction of North Barrack Road and Cornwall Road.
Canada Road – from the junction of The Strand to Ardent Avenue.

Access only to Cavalry Barracks and Canada Road during this time. There will be parking restrictions and a route division in place on Sunday 14 July. Signage for this will be placed along the roads effected approximately 2 weeks prior to the concert.

Local residents on the effected route will also receive a letter informing them of this.

The road closures should be removed by 18:00 latest.

We do hope you enjoy the concert, as we remember the eleven musicians killed on this the thirtieth memorial year.