The Grand Folkestone
The Grand is a magnificent suite hotel on The Leas in Folkestone
"indisputably the finest marine promenade in the world"


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Folkestone's importance at the heart of troop embarkations during the First World War will again be emphasised in a BBC 'docudrama' being broadcast on Monday 2 June. Entitled The Spies Who Loved Folkestone, the film will be broadcast on BBC One (South East) at 7.30pm and will then be available to watch on iPlayer for a week. The 30-minute film features interviews with Step Short Trustee, historian and author Michael George and uncovers a fascinating side of Folkestone during the 1914-18 conflict. The BBC's own curtain-raiser for the programme explains: "As Folkestone became a hotbed of espionage, writer Anthony Horowitz discovers the remarkable men, women and children who risked their lives operating as spooks during the First World War."

Folkestone Herald 17 Oct 2013

Folkestone & Hythe Express 17.Oct 2013
Extensive coverage of memorial arch on The Leas, now given the go ahead, and prospect of royal patronage for its opening on the centenary of the Great War on 4th March 2014

The Sunday Telegrahp 4th August 2013

Shepway District Council agrees £200,000 contribution to Memorial Arch – 15 min video

Plans for Centenary events being discussed by Ann Berry at 10 Downing St on 12.6.13. 

Govt plans for 4.8.14 - Sun Tel rpt 9.6.13

Link to online version (which has same mention of Folkestone’s arch):

Friday August 2nd  7pm The Grand, Folkestone. Talk by Major Gordon Corrigan
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Road of RememberanceFolkestone was the UK’s epicentre for troop movements to and from the Great War’s Western Front in 1914-18;  it is estimated that about 10,000,000 Channel passages were made from Folkestone to Boulogne, protected by the Dover Patrol, although only about 8,000,000 returned the same way


Road of RememberanceMost troops assembled on The Leas, Folkestone’s seaside promenade atop the 150 ft high cliffs, and then marched down the steep ‘Slope Road’ to the harbour for embarkation.   Because of the severe gradient, the order ‘Step-Short’ was given, hence the name of the organisation now established to make preparations for marking the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities in 2014


ObliskAfter the Armistice an obelisk was constructed at the top of the road, its name was changed to the Road of Remembrance, and rosemary was planted along its southern length in commemoration of the millions who died.   A fine memorial to the local fallen was also erected.




As part of the preparations, various projects are in contemplation:

Step Short 2010

August 2010

Links to external websites

Step Short newsletter April 2012


Walter Tull (PDF)


Walter Tull - The Exhibition


Folkestone Harbour & Canteen Visitors’ Books

1922 article & photo on unveiling of war memorial Click here

Report on Aims & Objectives 2009 Click here

Discover Folkestone – Parade 1st August 2010: Click here

Step-Short Folkestone Facebook:  Click Here

Sandgate parish website item Sep 2009: Click here

Shepway Chairman’s blog on Step-Short memorial march 9th October 2009:  Click here

Hawkinge Gazette report on memorial march 9th October 2009:  Click here

Go Folkestone – article by former Chairman Terry Begent – 2009:  Click here

Extracts from the Mole Cafe Visitors book