The Mayor of Gillingham held a civic day on 13th April 2012. The members of the party, including mayors from neighbouring towns and many guests, were treated to a ride to Orchard Park Garden Centre riding behind a traction engine and a steam lorry. Orchard Park Garden Centre were the hosts for a small reception. The party were piped into the Centre by the Wessex Highlanders who then played inside the Centre before the formalities began.