Remembering the Somme: A Vigil 100 Years On

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Date(s) - 30/06/2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

entrance to Hyde Park,


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On this night exactly 100 years ago, thousands of young men hunkered down in their trenches to write to their parents, sweethearts, wives, children or friends.

By the end of the next day, 20,000 of them would be dead, with a further 40,000 wounded. This remains the bloodiest day in British military history. Tonight, we remember those who would give their lives on this and the days to follow with memorials, statues and buildings that witnessed the news.

The walk will end at Westminster Abbey, where an all-night vigil will be taking place by the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Walkers will be able to enter the Abbey free of charge. Alternatively, you may care to to visit the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, which will be open all night.


The walk starts at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Meet your Blue Badge tour guide above ground at the entrance to Hyde Park.

Walk lasts 2 hours.

No pre-booking required.
Price – Adults £10, Concessions (Over 65 yrs, Full-time Students with ID) £8.IMG_2404


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