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Commemorations in Belgium to remember the Kings Own Scottish Borderers killed in WW1

Commemorations took place in Belgium this weekend to remember the soldiers from the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, killed during World War One. Our reporter, Tim Backshall, was was in Belgium for Lookaround:

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WATCH: The unexpected survivor of the Somme

60,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

One of them was Fred Francis from Carlisle. He was shot and wasn't expected survive - but did. He spoke to us in the 1980's about what he went through that day:

WATCH: Our region remembers the Somme

Thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme will be remembered today as the country pays tribute to those who were killed in the historic battle which began 100 years ago on July 1, 1916.

Vigils have been held across the Border region to remember our soldiers:

Stranraer veteran lays flowers for the fallen

Local veteran, George Harvey, lays flowers on the memorial in Stranraer Credit: Jim Ryder

People gathered in Stranraer to remember those who lost their lives 100 years ago today at the Battle of the Somme.

Local veteran, George Harvey, laid flowers in memory of the men who 'gave their lives for freedom and democracy, for their families and friends they had left at home'.

Credit: Jim Ryder

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WATCH: Penrith pupils commemorate the Somme

Pupils from a primary school in Penrith are in France for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

North Lakes School is the only one from the North West of England to be chosen to represent the UK at the official commemorations tomorrow.

Our reporter, Tim Backshall, met the students ahead of their journey.

Penrith pupils in France to commemorate the Somme

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Pupils from a primary school in Penrith are now in France, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

North Lakes School is the only one from the north-west of England chosen to represent the UK at the official commemorations.

It's important to use because England fought and also because we're going to France to celebrate 100 years of the Battle of the Somme and it's an important part of our history because it changed our lives."

– North Lakes School student
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