The story is deceptively simple, we start in March 2016 when local-man and history enthusiast, Bill Butler had a simple idea whilst wondering what certain buildings were used for on the site of ‘The Depot’ – the prior Royal Marines site that dominates North Walmer.
Thinking more about this Bill set himself a challenge to produce a simple 6-page trail guide called the ‘Globe and Laurel Trail’ to maintain some important background history to these iconic buildings despite their modern use.
Within days Bill had shared his thoughts with various people at the Dover Museum who agreed it was a very interesting idea and agreed to help in any way they could. With interest growing especially from Walmer Parish Council, Deal Town Council and the then-Editor of East Kent Mercury the project gathered pace.
Momentum and enthusiasm grew in May 2016 when the Mayor of Deal offered his support and on the 9th July 2016 the ‘Globe and Laurel Trail’ was officially supported by Deal Town Council. Over the next few months support and interest grew for what had now become known as ‘The Royal Marines Heritage Trails’ – often simply abbreviated to ‘RMHT’.
The Commandant General of The Royal Marines, Major General Robert Magowan CBE RM, offered his full support and accepted an invitation to become the Patron.