A life-size Gurkha statue was unveiled in the town of Folkestone on Sunday 4 October 2015.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by a huge number of people including the actress Ms Joanna Lumley, Col BG Col James Robinson, member of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly Ms Sujata Korala, MP for Folkestone Damian Collins, and local politicians and dignitaries.
Members of both the serving BG and retired Gurkha community from across the UK also attended the event, packing out the Folkestone Garden of Remembrance. 2 RGR provided manpower support including a Guard of Honour and Pipes and Drums display.
Speeches were made by the organising committee, Joanna Lumley and Sujata Korala.
During his speech, Col BG thanked Mr Dhan Gurung, leader of the Gurkha Memorial project, and organisers of the day’s event: “It is only right and proper that the town had a Gurkha memorial of its own to mark the 200th anniversary of Gurkha service to the Crown as it had been the home of the RGR battalion for the last 15 years. “
In particular, the Colonel emphasised the point of both serving and retired Gurkhas belonging to one family – ‘Once a Gurkha, always a Gurkha’. He said that members of the serving BG would one day retire and join the ex-servicemen’s community, and add value to society.
The ceremony included a wreath laying from some of the family members of those killed in Afghanistan and by dignitaries.
The memorial, built by the Gurkha Memorial Fund, includes a 6ft bronze statue of a Gurkha complete with his rifle and kit.