West Norfolk mayor urges people to remember the Somme 100 years on

Borough mayor David Whitby
Borough mayor David Whitby

West Norfolk’s mayor has spoken of the importance of marking the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, with a commemorative service in Lynn town centre this Friday.

The first day of the First World War battle was the bloodiest in the British Army history and David Whitby said: “This is a particularly poignant anniversary as it was one of the bloodiest battles for all sides in history and is a stark reminder of the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made by our service personnel.

“I urge all members of our local community to join us in marking this centenary.”

The service will be held at All Saints’ Church in Hillington Square at 6.30pm.

Following the service, a light will be taken from the church to Tower Gardens for an act of remembrance at 7.30pm.

The light will shine in the Greyfriars tower until November, marking the 141-day duration of the battle.

Several Lynn men lost their lives in the battle, and the stories of some of them will be told during the service.

This event has been organised by the Lynn branch of the Royal British Legion, with the help of Father Adrian Ling, at All Saints Church, and West Norfolk Council.