The One Maidstone Business Improvement District has officially launched its town centre campaign to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, entitled One Maidstone, 75 Stories.

Aided by the Kent Messenger newspaper, One Maidstone is looking for local residents to submit relatives who served in, or contributed to World War II, such as drivers, nurses, home guard, soldiers etc, whether they helped abroad, or more locally. 75 of these will be chosen to be commemorated on specially designed flags and posters of thanks, to be displayed across the town centre throughout the months of April and May 2020, with a significant number appearing on Arriva buses, thanks to the kind involvement of the transport brand.

The posters and flags will be unveiled at a launch event on April 8th, 2020. (Provisional date.)

If you would like to see your family member honoured, we will need the following information:

1. Your relative or family friend’s name 2. Their WW2 contribution 3. Their connection to Maidstone 4. A good quality, clear photograph (preferably taken at the time.)

Please contact One Maidstone’s Marketing and Communications Manager Sarah-Jane, at by March 1st to be considered.


If you are a town centre business or relevant service who would like to be involved in the launch, or would like to be a location for a flag or poster during the campaign trail, please contact


[BID Manager Ilsa Butler and BID Ambassador Lee Roscoe with the Kent Messenger launch of the One Maidstone, 75 Stories campaign.]


Launch event to be kindly supported by Arriva buses, and Cafe Rouge, Earl Street, Maidstone.