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World War One centenary plans

Ministers are due to announce how the World War One centenary anniversary will be marked over including a candlelit vigil at Westminster Abbey.

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Great War commemoration events to be held across UK

Streets could be renamed as part of commemorative events to mark one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War.

The Government said it hoped that a vigil to be held in Westminster Abbey would also be marked across the country by churches, faiths and other organisations.

At least £15m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, including a new £6m community projects fund will enable young people working in their communities to conserve, explore and share local heritage of the First World War as the government hopes to see the centenary marked across the UK.

A British tank at the western front in France. Credit: SCANPIX HISTORICAL/Scanpix/Press Association Images

The commemoration events will also include the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 2016, and further events to mark the battles of Jutland, Gallipoli, Passchendaele and Armistice Day in 2018.

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