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Somme Commemoration

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to hold events in Northern Ireland to mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. (76647)

The award winning exhibition “Conflict: The Irish at War” opened in December 2003 and will be on display until the museum’s closure for redevelopment at the end of August. The exhibition incorporates artefacts and stories associated with the experience of Ulstermen at the Somme in 1916.

The Ulster Museum has also advised and contributed to a major exhibition marking the Battle at the Historial de la grand Guerre Chateaux in Peronne, France.

The Government will be represented at the service of remembrance at the cenotaph in Belfast by Lord Rooker who will lay a wreath.

The Secretary of State will attend the annual commemoration of the Battle of the Somme at the Ulster Tower in France on 1 July.