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Folkestone commemoration of Battle of the Somme to be marked with sound of whistles and machine guns - UPDATE

Contributed by editor on Jun 30, 2016 - 04:49 PM

 

A commemoration of the Battle of the Somme is to be held beneath the Step Short Memorial Arch, The Leas, Folkestone, CT20 1RR, on Friday 1st July 2016, at 7:00 for a 7:15am service.

 

 

... shocking number of casualties  .....

 

The Chairman of Shepway District Council, Councillor Jan Holben, will be introduced at 7.15am followed by the Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, Dennis Bradley who will speak of the Battle of the Somme and its place in military history.

At 7.30am, exactly 100 years ago, whistles will be blown by re-enactment soldiers.

This was the signal for the troops to go 'over the top' and will be followed by the sounding of machine guns.

Dennis Bradley will then continue the story, summarising the shocking number of casualties.

The 'Last Post' will be played by bugler Bryan Walker and the Reveille will be followed by the reading of the names of those from Shepway who lost their lives.

Prayers will said and people will be invited to lay wreathes and those who lost family members will be able to lay crosses.

 

 

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