GALLERY: Battle of the Somme commemorations in King’s Lynn

A memorial service was held in the Tower Gardens in Kings Lynn to mark the centenary of the Battle o

A memorial service was held in the Tower Gardens in Kings Lynn to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Photo: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A poignant church service and wreath-laying ceremony was held in the town this evening. A light will now shine from the Greyfriars tower in King's Lynn for a total of 141 days to mark the duration of the Battle of the Somme.

The service was held at All Saints' Church in Hillington Square, which has commemorative window dedicated to Robert Bardell, a local magistrate and councillor killed in the attack on Deville Wood.

Stories about other men from the town who lost their lives in the battle were also shared.

Civic dignitaries and members of the public came together to pay their respects and afterwards, a light was taken from the church to Tower Gardens for an act of remembrance.

West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby paid tribute to the thousands of service personnel who made 'the ultimate sacrifice for peace' during the Battle of the Somme.


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The town's commemorations were organised with the Royal British Legion.

David Norman, chairman of the charity's Kings Lynn Branch, said: 'It is essential that people remember this battle. There were 19,000 killed on the first day; 54,000 in total.

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'Among them were several people from King's Lynn - and we must pay our respects.'

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