Somme Centenary in Lincoln

To show the pride of county for the contribution and the sacrifices made by soldiers from Lincolnshire, there will be several events occurring throughout the week in Lincoln.

To show the pride of county for the contribution and the sacrifices made by soldiers from Lincolnshire, there will be several events occurring throughout the week in Lincoln.

On 1st July 1916, the Battle of the Somme began and resulted in seven battalions from within the Lincolnshire boundaries suffering terrible losses.

Starting at 07:00 on Friday 1st July there will be an event and a minute of silence to commemorate the exact moment that the Battle of the Somme began 100 years ago in a ceremony located at Lincoln Castle.

A variety of displays and events will be taking place at the popular, Lincoln Castle with live music, readings of personal stories and a unique flypast from a World War I spitfire, providing the weather permits.

There will also be a series of special events continuing at the castle and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life until Thursday 7th July. The Lincolnshire County Council offices will also lower the flag to mark the anniversary of the battle.

Every evening at 17:00 (1st – 6th), a bugler will play The Last Post over Castle Hill from the battlements of Lincoln Castle’s West Gate with readings from local schools of twenty-six names of fallen soldiers from the Lincolnshire area during the Battle of the Somme.

This week of commemorations offers the people of Lincolnshire the chance to remember the fallen soldiers and learn more about the part that the county played in the momentous battle. The week’s events will conclude on Thursday 7th July at 17:00 on the South Lawn at Lincoln Castle.

Visitors to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life can discover more about World War I soldiers with a series of demonstrations and a duo of uniformed Territorial soldiers complete with machine guns and Lincolnshire Yeomanry cavalry soldiers and their horses.

To show the pride of county for the contribution and the sacrifices made by soldiers from Lincolnshire, there will be several events occurring throughout the week in Lincoln.

In view of ‘Wave’, the sculpture of poppies that is being hosted by Lincoln Castle this year, The Band of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell will play a special antiphonal rendition of The Last Post with a flypast of a BBMF Spitfire (with good weather).

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