Visit by HRH Duke of Kent - be part of history!

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG will visit Crayford on Tuesday 23 July to officially unveil the magnificent new Alcock and Brown bench.

The special occasion is part of the centenary events that mark 100 years since the pair made the first ever trans-Atlantic flight in a Vickers Vimy originally designed and built in the Vickers Factory, Crayford.

Local business Erith Group generously paid for the impressive new bench designed by artist Tony Stallard. It will sit outside the Tower Business Park close to the Clock Tower.

Along with the bench, a number of plaques based on the aeronautical feat will also be unveiled. They were designed by local schools and the mental health group Centrepieces and made by ‘M@ke’, with support from the Learning and Enterprise Centre Bexley.

The Duke’s visit coincides with the 100-year anniversary of Alcock and Brown’s visit to Crayford on 23 July 1919. They returned to celebrate their achievement at the re-opening of The Princesses Theatre by the then Duke of York (later King George VI). 

HRH Duke of Kent will be met by the Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Bexley. Major David Hewer OBE. He will be accompanied by the Mayor of Bexley and Chairman of the Alcock and Brown Centenary Project Group (Crayford) Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis.

The Duke will be introduced to children and groups involved in making the Alcock and Brown plaques, Mr Stallard, members of the Alcock and Brown Centenary Project Group (Crayford), local partner organisations who have made the celebration event possible and local VIPs.

During his visit the Duke will also meet members of the Borough’s Air Cadet units before making his way to Hall Place & Gardens for a closed event. At Hall Place the Duke will plant a tree in the gardens close to where his mother, Her Royal Highness Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent CI planted a tree in 1952.

Road closures -

Parts of Crayford Road between Nando’s restaurant in Roman Way and McDonalds restaurant, at the junction of Station Road, will be closed from between 10pm on Monday 22 July and until the event finishes at around 1pm on Tuesday 23 July. 

Vehicle access will be maintained to the garages underneath Town Hall square until 9.30am on the 23 July.

Buses that use this route will be diverted.

The usual town centre parking restrictions will be in force. Local car parks are expected to be busy.

Barriers will be installed to assist with the road closure on the evening of Monday 22 July. 

While vehicle access will be restricted for a short time, there will be emergency vehicle access.

To minimise disruption it is important that businesses advise visitors, customers or deliverers that access will be very restricted on the morning of Tuesday 23 July.

For more on the Alcock and Brown celebrations and the work of the project group visit