Queenborough Independence Day – June 16 2018

A family day out – lots to do and see – live music – artesan stalls – rides

We hope you can make it!

Events in the park:
12:00 Dutch invasion – Sheppey Pirates – expect loud explosions!
12:45 RNLI Lifeboat talk
13:00 Flag Ceremony – Mayors of Queenborough and Swale
13:30 Helen K Dance
14:15 David Masters – Magician
14:45 Pirates in the park
15:15 RNLI Lifeboat talk
15:30 Eden School of Dance
16:00 Helen K Dance
16:45 David Masters – Magician
17:30 Annie Love – Solo & Tribute Artist
19:00 Live Band – Blighty
  Glitter tatoos
  Sweet Stall
  Raffle – draw at end of day
  Bouncy Castle
  Face painting

Events around Queenborough:
09:00 – 18:00 Artesan stalls in the High Street
10:00 – 17:00 Flower Festival in the Church
10:00 – 16:00 Church tower trips £2 (children must be accompanied by adult)
Cancelled due to scaffolding and loose masonry
10:30 – 18:00 Guildhall and Museum open
11:00 – 15:00 RNLI Open Day – Crundall’s Wharf / All tide landing
12:00 – 18:00 BRFM in the Park
12:00 – 19:00 DJs Thomas Felton & Terry Brown – The Queen Philippa
12:00 – 19:00 DJ Robbie Earle 70s, 80s & 90s – The Flying Dutchman
19:30 We Can Sing UK – Popular & Gospel music concert in the Church – Tickets £10 – Raising funds for the church repairs
  RNLI Open Day – Sheerness lifeboat on pontoon
  Coastguard & Emergency services
  Classic cars
  Bouncy Castle, Bumper cars, Teacup ride, Ice Cream Van

Live music:

Brad Pittance & The Pirates The Rose Inn – from 13:00

Beggars Belief The Flying Dutchman – from 14:30

Chris BarwellThe Admiral’s Arm – from 15:00

Malarky Queenborough Yacht Club – from 16:00

Small Town Kings Queenborough Club – from 17:00

Peter Ellis The Old House At Home – from 20:00

Blighty Main stage in the Park – 19:00 – 20:30



Food outlets:

The Flying Dutchman – Restaurant & bar meals
Queenborough Yacht Club – Meals
Admiral’s Arm – Hog Roast & Pizza
The Queen Philippa – BBQ, Bistro, Cocktails
Castle Connections

Check back here or with social media for updates


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


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

Cheque handover 2018
Cheque handover 2018


All who helped to make the first Independence day happen
and everyone who came to join in!

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.