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Event to be held to mark Somme centenary

Thursday June 23 2016

Harry Sergeant, who died during the First World War Harry Sergeant, who died during the First World War

AN EVENT will be held in Barnsley to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, and to remember the 296 local men who lost their lives during its first day. 

To mark the occasion at the Town Hall at 1pm on July 1, there will be a two minute silence, readings, music and the launch of a temporary piece of public art created by artists Musson + Retallick, alongside local schools.

The event is expected to last approximately 40 minutes.

Phillip Spurr, Service Director, Culture, Housing & Regulation said: “It is important that we remember those brave soldiers who fell in battle. During the event we will get an insight into the challenges of war and the men who died fighting for their beliefs. The public art celebrates their lives and is a tribute to their brave actions.”

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Reply Posted by Erica on Thursday June 23 2016 at 16:47
My Great Grandad fought in the Battle of the Somme. He survived the war and lived to be over 90 and died peacefully in his sleep.

Reply Posted by June Beevers on Sunday June 26 2016 at 14:45
My grandfather fought in the battle of the Somme and lived William Hanson

Reply Posted by Fiona slater on Wednesday June 29 2016 at 17:27
How wonderful respect to the local troops who gave their lives during Battle of the Somme

"We will remember them" x

Reply Posted by Audrey Richardson on Friday July 1 2016 at 09:06
Remembering our Grandad Alfred Foster Wilson of the 14th Yorkshire Regiment, who fought and was injured at the Battle of the Somme.