Gloucester Cathedral will hold a special service of commemoration for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on Friday 1 July at 5.30pm.

The Very Revd Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said, “This is a difficult day to commemorate; there can be no air of celebration or even victory. One hundred years on, it is only right that we will gather together in the Cathedral to mark the appalling loss of life with quiet reflection and prayer”.

As national commemorations are made on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, all are invited to join us at Evensong on Friday 1 July at 5.30pm to mark our local act of remembrance. The service will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants representing the county of Gloucestershire, as well as other military representatives. The service will last less than an hour.

A Tommy helmet and an Officer’s Cap from the First World War will be placed centrally either side of a single candle on the altar and the citation of the holder of the Victoria Cross will be read aloud. A special Somme prayer will be said on the hour throughout the day.

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