Somme veterans honoured at King’s Lynn cemetery open day

Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetary Open day.Pictured far right Dr Julian Litten gives 15minute talk on Somme Veteran Thomas Richardson. ANL-160716-144356009
Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetary Open day.Pictured far right Dr Julian Litten gives 15minute talk on Somme Veteran Thomas Richardson. ANL-160716-144356009

Men who served in the Battle of the Somme a century ago were honoured as the Friends of Lynn’s Hardwick Road cemetery held their annual open day at the weekend.

Five soldiers who fought in the battle are buried in the cemetery.

And a guided walk, including a talk and exhibition about their lives, was one of the highlights of the event on Saturday.

Visitors also had the chance to research some of the other war graves which lie on the site.

West Norfolk’s mayor and mayoress, David and Linda Whitby, were among the guests who paid a visit during the day, which also marked the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Friends group in 2006.

The group works alongside West Norfolk Council and other agencies to promote historical interest in the site.