Queenborough Independence Day
22 JUNE 2024 

Independence day 2024

Previous Years:

2023 entertainment

12:00 – 22:00

Time Live Music Venue
12:00 Matilduo Queen Phillippa Garden
14:00 Heroes The Rose
14:30 Looking Back The Flying Dutchman
15:00 Catherine ‘CJ’ Jones Queenborough Yacht Club
17:30 Stripped Back Acoustic Duo The Admiral’s Arm
All Day Various The Old House At Home

So much going on throughout the day:
RNLI Sheerness Lifeboat and Sheppey Coastguard Team boats at the All Tide Landing
Queenborough Harbour Market in South Street 10:00 – 15:00
It’s going to be a great day out! See you there….

2022 entertainment


The Flying Dutchman from 2pm

The Real Deal

The Real Deal band

Queenborough Yacht Club from 4pm

Callum Sutton

Callum Sutton

The Old House At Home from 2pm

Spectrum – 80s tribute band

Spectrum tribute band

The Rose from 2pm

Heroes – New wave tribute band

Heroes tribute band

Images from the 2019 event – thanks to Glen Smith of GS Photographics

Images from  previous years


Thanks to all our sponsors:

The Flying Dutchman, The Admiral’s Arm, The Rose, Queenborough Yacht Club, The Old House At Home, The Queen Philippa, Sharrock Insurance, Island Printers, H&L Graphics . . . and many more


Queenborough Independence Day
handed over a cheque for £1,500 to RNLB Sheerness
3rd June 2018

Cheque handover 2018
Cheque handover 2018


Burgemeester Gregor Rensen and Honorary Alderman Dick Verbeek of Brielle were met by the Mayor of Queenborough Mick Constable for the first Queenborough Independence Day celebrations on 17th June 2017.




The hand back of Queenborough 1967

A ceremony was held at the Guildhall on June 17 1967 to officially hand back control of Queenborough to England by the Dutch.

A member of the public remembers:

In 1966 I went to Queenborough to watch the Dutch giving Queenborough back to England. We all sat on seats in front of the Guildhall and then the Dutch party officially returned the town to England amid much jollification. Following lots of speeches, the Dutch flag was lowered and was replaced by the English flag. The Dutch had never returned our town to England and always maintained that Sheppey belonged to Holland.

Outside the Guildhall

The official hand over to
Mayor William Flanagan

Mayor and Mayoress William and Joan
Flanagan with Dutch dignitaries


Pictures kindly contributed by Marian Swann

Attack on the Medway

The second Anglo Dutch war had progressed well for England, and in 1666 they repulsed a Dutch invasion attempt consisting of 6000 troops in transports escorted by 75 warships.
After this the English defeated the Dutch and blockaded their ports. It was assumed in England that peace talks would end the war as the English were now masters of the sea.
Over confidence coupled with the financial problems of Charles II led to the Royal Navy laying up substantial numbers of ships and undermining its hard won naval supremacy.
The Dutch, learning of this, decided to launch another fleet, in 1667, to strike the English off guard in order to get better terms in the peace treaty. This is known as the raid on the Medway.

On June 10 Dutch commander,Van Ghent, took the Isle of Sheppey and its fort at Queenborough.
Legend has it that the Mayor of Queenborough crossed the mud to them waving a white flag, the surrender was to prevent any blood-shed in his town. The Dutch were under strict orders not to indulge in any looting or destruction so left the town intact but defending troops destroyed the town, they looted houses and destroyed private property before running in fear of the enemy.
As a result of the surrender the Dutch flew their flag from the Guildhall, making Queenborough the only town in England to fly an invaders flag since the time of William of Normandy.
They then moved toward the fortress of Sheerness. Here they took or destroyed stores to the value of 4 tons of gold. The fleet then headed to Chatham.
During this period the Dutch caused much damage to the English fleet, partly because Charles had not paid his men in the navy and they refused to carry out orders which might have prevented the Dutch fleet moving up the river Thames. Although the Dutch were not successful in landing further up river, they did sail in the Thames and Medway at will, causing extreme embarrassment to the English.
After 10 days the Dutch left the Thames and Medway as they had no orders to land. They continued to blockade the Thames estuary until the Treaty of Breda was signed in August, when the Dutch fleet sailed triumphantly back to Helvoetsluis.

© Queenborough Independence Day 2017

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