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Events commemorating the Battle of the Somme take place across Worcestershire

Posted  6 June 2016 in News  
By Kate Clements

Over 20 events marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme are planned to take place from 4 June 2016 across Worcestershire as part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred project.

Commemorations begin on 4 and 5 June as Avoncroft Museum and The Great War Society join forces to bring 1916 into the spotlight with a number of interactive living history displays. The weekend will include an authentic travelling tented cinema showing the first British documentary and propaganda film of the First World War ‘The Battle of the Somme’.

Other events include: an exhibition at Warndon Library; a Somme-themed history trail for ages 7-12; a Battle of the Somme Remembrance Service at Worcester Cathedral on 1 July; an exhibition, Bromsgrove and the Somme; Battle of the Somme film screenings at The Hive; and a talk about on the attacks at La Boiselle and Beaumont Hamel.

Dr Adrian Gregson, Worcestershire World War One Hundred Project Manager said: “The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles in human history, lasting 143 days with more than one million men wounded or killed. The Worcestershire Regiment played its part and the Regiment lost over 1,000 men with a further 362 Worcestershire men killed from a range of other regiments and units.

“It is no surprise therefore that organisations across Worcestershire are commemorating the Battle of the Somme and remembering the sacrifice of those who played their part and lost their lives. Across the county, events will include remembrance services, exhibitions, film screenings and talks, opportunities for people young and old to find out more about the Battle of the Somme and why it is viewed as the largest battle of World War One on the Western Front.”

The full programme of events can be viewed on the Worcestershire World War One Hundred website or downloaded.

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