A church service took place to lay up the Gravesend Royal Marines Association Standard into the care of Christchurch on the 7th May. This ceremony was necessary because the Gravesend branch of the RM association was closing after so many years serving the needs of the royal marines in the area.
The branch Standard was on parade along with 12 other local veteran standards. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Mrs Rosemary Dymond and the Mayor of Gravesham, Councillor Greta Goatley and other local dignitaries attended the service.
The standards were paraded into the church which was filled to capacity. The last post was played by a bugler from the Royal Marines band and the Royal Marines prayer was read by a serving member of the Royal Marines. The RMA Standard was delivered up and laid on the alter and placed for safe keeping in the church. After the service a reception was held in the church hall for refreshments. A number of Gravesend Sappers and their wives attended the service and took coffee in the church hall afterwards.