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Events remembering the Battle of the Somme

A number of events are planned in the Bradford District during the summer of 2016 to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The battle was fought between 1 July and 18 November 1916.

At 7.30am on 1 July 1916, 2,000 young men from Bradford left their trenches and by the end of the first hour of the battle 1,770 of them had either been killed or injured.

On this page you will find information about some of the events that are happening this summer as well as links to further local resources about the Battle of the Somme and the First World War.

1 July: Bradford Pals commemoration

At 11am on 1 July, the Lord Mayor will lead a commemoration event at the Bradford Pals’ Memorial in the Memorial Garden behind the Bradford Cenotaph. This annual event remembers the sacrifices made by the Bradford Pals during the First World War.

22 June to 30 September: Garden within a Garden

Acclaimed Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi has painted two public artworks in Bradford inspired by the history of the million-strong British Indian army that fought in the First World War. You can see two different paintings for this Garden Within a Garden project in the temporary gardens of City Park and the Mughal Gardens outside Cartwright Hall.

2 July onwards: Somme 100 – Keighley’s Stories exhibition

An exhibition of Keighley’s stories will open at Keighley Local Studies Library on Saturday, 2 July and will run throughout the summer. The opening event on 2 July will include a talk by Andy Wade and a screening of the film The Battle of the Somme. Join the Facebook event for the day.

2 to 15 July: Exhibition at Shipley Library

More than 350 men from the Shipley area were killed, missing or wounded in the Battle of the Somme. These men will be remembered in an exhibition called Shipley and District Remembers the Battle of The Somme. The exhibition is at Shipley Library from 2 to 15 July.

The research for this exhibition was collated by Shipley in WW1 who will be available between 10am and 2pm in the library on Saturday, 2 July to share information about people who served. Join the Facebook event. Continue reading Events remembering the Battle of the Somme

Help raise money for Bradford Pals memorial

Queuing to sign up for Bradford PalsWe are working with the Telegraph & Argus newspaper to raise funds for a memorial to the Bradford Pals and other troops from the city who fought and died in the Battle of the Somme almost one hundred years ago.

As the Bradford district marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, we are asking residents to donate to the Honour the Pals appeal.

It is hoped this memorial will be unveiled in France on the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016 as a lasting reminder of the sacrifice made by these World War One heroes.

Having a memorial in France is important not least for educating visitors, including school children, about the immense sacrifice made by the city’s young men on the battlefields of World War One.

How you can donate

If you wish to make a contribution to the appeal, you can donate online.  If you would rather donate by cheque, please make the cheque payable to Honour the Pals Appeal.  Send your cheque, with your name, address and contact details to:

Honour the Pals Appeal
Telegraph & Argus
Hall Ings
Bradford
BD1 1JR

Alternatively, hand your cheque in at the Telegraph & Argus office, City Hall, in Bradford or Keighley Town Hall.

The Bradford Council website has more information about the Honour the Bradford Pals appeal.

The photos we have used here are courtesy of Bradford Museums & Galleries.