13 Nov Commemorating the end of the Battle of the Somme
Folkestone event – The Leas, 19th November 2016
The 19th November 2016 will mark a very special date in the story of the First World War as it will be 100 years to the day when the fierce battle of the Somme was suspended after 141 days of fighting.
The ‘Folk Stones’ Artwork by Mark Wallinger on The Leas signifies 19,240 soldiers who lost their life on the first day of this battle and to mark its end, we are planting 1,000 symbolic metal poppies near to the artwork on this significant anniversary. Artist Mark Wallinger is attending the event.
The Shepway HEART Forum, Step Short and the Shorncliffe Trust have invited year 6 pupils from local primary schools to ‘plant’ the poppies at 11am on 19th November at the ‘Folk Stones’ Artwork, The Leas, Folkestone, near to the Clifton Hotel who are supporting this event as well as Folkestone Festivals who are offering their support for the event planning. Pupils will be at the ‘Folk Stones’ Artwork by 10.30am to enable poppies to be distributed for 11am.
After the symbolic planting, there will be a small ceremony which will include attendance by Folkestone Mayor, Martin Salmon and his fellow Councillors. Members of the Royal British Legion will also be attending
It will be an open event and members of the public are welcome to attend in support of this event.