Herald, reports on a Public meeting of The Remembrance Line of 31st
October 2013, and a project to encourage operators to run passenger
ferries from Folkestone Harbour. Remembrance Line advisor Henry Bolton
OBE said “We believe [ferry travel] is part of a viable and
comprehensive transport system for visitors and it would be a shame
to lose this opportunity.
of people every year travel to battlefields in Europe and we are talking
to the Mayor of Boulogne about a link-up. I think we should exploit
the town’s First World War History, we shouldn’t miss
did NOT have operational ferry services running out of Folkestone
in the spring of 2014 for the Commemorate centenary of the start of
the First World War. Nor to mark a 100 years since the arrival of
the Belgian Refugees, who arrived at Folkestone Harbour exhausted,
destitute and hungry. Meals, clothes and beds had to be found at short
notice. In the first months of the war 64,500 refugees came to the
town for succour, and it is to the credit of the town folk and the
Belgian Committee for Refugees that so much was done at short notice.
Marking the arrival of the Belgian Refugees to the Port was not allowed
to be marked by vessels at the harbour town of Folkestone in 2014.
Although, a small group remembered the refugees of 100 years ago on
Folkestone's Stade on 20th August 2014 by the release of a few ballons.
the return of the ferry services to and from the Belgium ports would
be more apt, than Boulogne. if they are allowed to use the town's
informationlink on Boulogne’s
deal with De Haan