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Preparations underway to mark next week's 100th anniversary of the 'Battle of the Somme'

Ceremonies will take place to remember those who died in 'The Battle of the Somme' Photo:

Preparations are underway to mark 100 years since the 'Battle of the Somme' during the First World War - the deadliest Battle in British History.

Relatives, politicians and members of the Royal Family will attend a series of commemorative events in France next week remembering more than one million men on both sides who were killed or wounded.

The battle was an attempt to break the deadlock during the First World War when soldiers were dug into miles of trenches and ditches.

Derek Johnson reports from the Dantzig Alley Cemetery, on the Somme, the resting place of some of the 20,000 British soldiers killed on the first day of the battle, the 1st July 1916.

The interviewees are Betty Foster, the niece of Thomas Ingram who died at the Battle of the Somme; Alex Churchill, the author of the book 'Somme: 141 days, 141 lives'; and Phil Betts from the Village history group.

Betty Foster's uncle Thomas Ingram died at the Battle of the Somme