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The Somme

30th June 2016
Posted by Danny Lawrence

Gateway 97.8 will hold a two minutes silence on Friday 1st July at 0728am

There will be a vigil to commemorate the first Allied soldiers going over the top at the Battle of the Somme, on Friday 01 July outside St. Martin’s Church, Basildon, starting at 7.15am. Everyone welcome.

Forget Never – The Somme commemorates the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with our friends from Meaux, France and Heiligenhaus, German

Britain will observe a two-minute silence on Friday July 1st 2016, marking 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

The nation will fall silent at 7.28 am, commemorating the moment when the first wave of soldiers went ‘over the top’ for the Allied offensive in Picardy in 1916.

A reading in Westminster Abbey and a 100-second gun salute fired by soldiers of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Parliament Square will lead up to the silence.

It will end with the blowing of whistles after the chimes of Big Ben at 7.30am.