by prestwichfocus on 22 March, 2016
The public are invited to participate in a National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme in Manchester on Friday 1 July.
Following a service of remembrance at Manchester Cathedral, there will be a free evening concert in Heaton Park on Friday 1 July 2016 at 7.30pm featuring a national children’s choir, film, dance and Manchester’s acclaimed Hallé Orchestra. Free tickets need to be booked here.
In 1916 Heaton Park was a military training ground for many recruits before they went to the Somme. The evening event will also feature a range of letters, poems and diary entries depicting the lives of those affected by the Somme – including a specially commissioned poem read by author and broadcaster Lemm Sissay. There will also be an Experience Field at Heaton Park for those interested in learning more about life in 1916. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, announced today more than 30 original bell tents will house First World War experts, activities and artefacts bringing to life hundreds of stories of nurses, soldiers and factory workers from the Home and Western Fronts.2 Comments