Posted: Sun 26th Jun 2016

Join The Commemoration Of The Battle Of The Somme At Llandaff Cathedral

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 26th, 2016

Members of the public are being encouraged to join the commemoration of the Battle of the Somme at Llandaff Cathedral and the National War Memorial next week. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Next Thursday, an overnight vigil to honour those who fought bravely in the largest battle of the First World War will be held at Llandaff Cathedral from 9pm to 4.30am. Members of the public are welcome to attend the event which will involve a 30 minute changeover of military and an hourly prayer or reflection. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

At 4.30am, a lighted lamp will be transported from the cathedral to the National War Memorial at Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park where the vigil will continue and conclude with a public service at 7am, to coincide with the time the battle began one hundred years ago. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The 30 minute service at Cathays Park will end with rapid gun fire and whistle blowing to signify the moment soldiers in the trenches went over the top. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The service and vigil, organised by the City of Cardiff Council and Welsh Government, are part of the Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 programme which marks the centenary of the First World War with commemorative events, projects and programmes across the length and breadth of Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Leader of the City of Cardiff Council, Cllr Phil Bale, said: “Members of the public are welcome to attend the Battle of the Somme commemoration service at the National War Memorial when we will join together to remember those who gave their lives and fought in the Great War of 1914-1918, and particularly the largest battle during that time. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Members of the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Royal British Legion will be attending the service and we are keen to encourage anyone who wishes to join in this important commemoration to do so.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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