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Somme Centenary - CWGC update on visiting Thiepval, June-July 2016

Posted on centenarynews.com on 22 March 2016
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Access to the Thiepval Memorial will be restricted over the immediate Somme Centenary period, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced.

Between June 16-26, and from July 4-9, pre-arranged visits only will be possible, escorted by CWGC staff.

Thiepval will be closed altogether from June 27-July 3 because of works required before and after the July 1 commemorations there marking the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Admission to the international remembrance service will be ticket-only, and tickets have already been allocated by public ballot.

The French authorities will also be imposing a security cordon from June 30-July 2, controlling access to the other major First World War memorials remembering the Somme near Albert.

For a map of the security zone, together with details of permitted visiting times at Thiepval in June/July, see  'Essential Information for Somme 2016 visitors' on the CWGC website.

The Royal British Legion is planning daily services at Thiepval from July-November to mark the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme.

Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Images: Centenary News

Posted by: CN Editorial Team