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Battle of the Somme anniversary service
Wednesday 29th June 2016 @ 17:18 by Nigel Skinner
News Stalybridge

Tameside residents are being invited to pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of the Somme at a candle lit vigil on Thursday evening.

To mark the centenary of the battle The Royal British Legion is inviting everyone to take part in its commemoration event at Stalybridge War Memorial, Trinity Street, which is being held tomorrow evening from 9.30pm.

A short service will take place with Stalybridge Old Band performing in attendance. Everyone is invited to take their own candles and pay their respects.

The Battle of the Somme took place in France from July 1 to November 18, 1916 and has come to symbolise the enormous losses, dreadful conditions and the futility of trench warfare during the First World War.

British casualties on the first day alone were 60,000 of which a third lost their lives. The Manchester Regiment lost 709 men on the first day of the battle.

When the 141-day offensive finally came to a halt, the Battle of the Somme had claimed a million casualties.