Kentish Guard Celebrates 240 Years W/Parade – Of Course!

by | Oct 29, 2014

Photos courtesy of Sara Doherty

Residents of the Hill were delighted when a surprise parade came marching by Saturday afternoon. It was no surprise to the Kentish Guard, who were celebrating 240 years since they were chartered in 1774.

People on Somerset Street streamed out of their houses when they heard the Guard’s distinctive fife and drum corps.

“What a fun and unexpected minute of marching and music!” wrote Sara Doherty in an email. “I was in the house and I said to the girls that it sounds like there is a band in our front yard and I step outside and voila! – a flipping band is marching by our house!”

Usually, the Kentish Guard uses Academy Field for their formal review but this year soccer was on the field, so that’s why they took to the streets! Later, they continued the celebration with an anniversary dinner.

Congratulations, Kentish Guard – you are a town treasure!

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October 30, 2014 7:04 am

Unfortunately, the Kentish Guards were unable to use their historic drill field, due to a soccer game in progress, thus the ‘mini-parade’ through the hill. What is now known as Academy Field was the first drill field for the Kentish Guards in 1774.

October 30, 2014 9:04 am

Thanks for the clarification, Ron. Good to know someone knows what’s going on and the “story-behind-the-story”.


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