Monday, 9 May 2016

Herefordshire Event: Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme: Thursday 30 June 2016

Herefordshire Cathedral
Herefordshire will remember the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at a special service in Hereford Cathedral on Thursday 30 June at 5.30 pm on the eve of the start of the battle, which has come to signify the horrors of the First World War.

The service, which will take the form of Choral Evensong and will be attended by the Lord-Lieutenant, will reflect on the battle and the cataclysmic events of 1916. All are welcome to attend, and not least to show our support for those families who had a relative involved in the battle.

‘At the end of June, a century will have passed since the beginning of the Somme offensive, and it will be a fitting time for us to gather to acknowledge before God the service and sacrifice of so many people from our county,’ said Canon Andrew Piper, the Precentor of Hereford Cathedral. ‘Those nineteen weeks of fierce warfare undoubtedly changed the course of history, and it is right for us to pay tribute to all those who had to bear the enormous human cost.’

During Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July, national and local services and events will be held to commemorate the Battle of the Somme, and to provide everyone with an opportunity to remember those who fought and survived as well as those who fell during the offensive.

The Lieutenancy and the Herefordshire Council are encouraging towns and villages throughout the county to commemorate the occasion in ways which are fitting and appropriate in the context of this significant battle and the lasting effect that it has had on the lives of so many families down to the present day.

All invited to share in the commemoration in Hereford Cathedral on 30 June: no tickets will be needed.

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