FLAGS FLY HALF MAST TO COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

 

All five flags outside Penarth Council offices flew at half-mast today

All five flags outside Penarth Council offices flew at half-mast today

The five flags outside Penarth Town Council’s offices at West House, Stanwell Road were flown at half-mast today to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme in the First World War

Councillors and staff attended a ceremonial lowering of the flags and a two-minute silence at 11:00 this morning .

In France  the Royal Family and heads of state and political leaders from all over Europe – including the First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones –  joined thousands at the Thiepval Memoral to mark  the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in which 60,000 soldiers were killed on the first day of the five month battle – a battle which began 100 years ago today.

A total of 292 service personnel from Penarth were killed in the First World War.

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