Somme centenary commemorated

Ceremony in Long Melford to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme ANL-160107-142527001
Ceremony in Long Melford to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme ANL-160107-142527001

On Friday villagers in Long Melford came together to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

In total 130 men from the village took part in the First World War battle, 22 of them losing their lives.

The original trench whistle belonging to Regimental Sgt Major Walter Goody MC MM, which was used during the battle, was blown to mark the moment soldiers were sent ‘over the top’.

The whistle is on display at Long Melford Heritage Centre where a special year long exhibition on the Somme is taking place.

Among those taking part in the ceremony were children from Long Melford Primary School.