Lights across the sky to commemorate Somme

The Somme happened 100 years ago.
The Somme happened 100 years ago.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, in conjunction with St. Columb’s Cathedral, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme by projecting beams of light across the city sky.

The Mayor said this initiative was an important part of the Centenary Commemorations and an acknowledgement of the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the battle and an opportunity to mark this significantly important part of our history.

The display of light and sound will take place on Friday July 1 2016 at 11pm and the beams of light will be will be seen citywide until 12.30am on Friday July 2.

Mayor Alderman McClintock said: “This joint initiative is an opportunity for the city and district to come together to commemorate the Battle of the Somme and to recognise its significance in our history.

“The Somme was one of the most brutal campaigns of the First World War where thousands fought and died. The event holds a lot of powerful memories and it’s important that we remember them and the role they played in our unique history.”

The Mayor added that the light display at St Columb’s Cathedral is part of a wider Centenaries programme of events that are being held across the Derry City and Strabane District Council area to mark the centenary of both the 1916 Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

“These events are important not only to create greater awareness of their historical significance but also in encouraging us to work together and broaden our understanding of our history through shared experiences and celebration,” she concluded.