Candle-lit vigil to mark bloody battle of world war

The vigil will take place at Cromer war memorial. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The vigil will take place at Cromer war memorial. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

An 18-hour candle-lit vigil will be held at the war memorial in Cromer to remember those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme.

Schools, local voluntary and uniformed organisations are being invited to participate in the commemorations marking the centenary of World War One.

The vigil, to be held in the grounds of Cromer Parish Church, in the town's Church Street, will begin on Thursday, June 30, at 6pm, and continue until Friday, July 1, at midday.

It will be followed by a brief service of remembrance.

An exhibition of military related items will also be on display near the War Memorial from the personal collection of John Needham, chairman of the Cromer Royal British Legion branch.


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Cromer town councillor David Pritchard said: 'This year, the Royal British Legion, Cromer Parish Church and Cromer Town Council are calling on the town of Cromer once again to come together and mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.'

The battle of the Somme, fought in Northern France, was one of the bloodiest of World War One - in total there were one million casualties.

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Organisations interested in acting as an honour guard at the vigil in Cromer are asked to register their interest by calling 01263 512254.

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