Public ballot for 2016 Battle of the Somme commemorations
The British public can now apply for tickets to attend Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations in 2016.
The Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, has opened the public ballot for tickets to attend the commemorative event in Thiepval, in France, next year. The ballot will be open until 18 November, the day the battle ended in 1916.
The commemorative event will take place on 1 July 2016 at Thiepval in northern France. This will also be televised in neighbouring towns and throughout the UK.
Other events in France include:
– A vigil at Thiepval on 30 June 2016
– A small event at Thiepval each day from 2 July to 18 November 2016 to mark the 141 days of the battle.
– Closing events on 18 November 2016 to mark the end of the Battle of the Somme.
The ballot for tickets to the commemorative event in Thiepval will run from 28 September to 18 November 2015.
The tickets will be allocated in pairs, free of charge. More details can be found on the Somme 2016 Ballot website.
The Battle of the Somme was one of the defining events of the First World War, resulting in over one million casualties. The impact of such a huge number of dead and wounded men was felt throughout the country and there were few communities in Britain that didn’t suffer any loss. As well as the events in France, there will also be a far-reaching programme of UK commemorations that will be announced in the coming months.