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Vigil to remember Battle of the Somme begins

200 people are expected to attend the service Credit: ITV Wales

100 years ago soldiers were about to go into the largest battle of WW1. A vigil to remember the Battle of the Somme has begun at Llandaff Cathedral to honour those who fought.

200 people are expected to attend the service, along with 60 troops. A lantern from the trenches will be lit at Llandaff Cathedral & guarded overnight by Welsh troops.



Flypast to honour Caernarfon airman

RAF Valley is home to IV(R) Squadron and 208(R) Squadron. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Four RAF Hawk jets from RAF Valley will fly past Caernarfon Castle on Friday July 1st at around midday, the day which marks 100 years since the bloodiest battle of the First World War broke out.

The display will follow the unveiling of a memorial stone in Major Lionel Rees' honour.

A memorial stone will also be unveiled.

Caernarfon man Lionel Rees was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Despite being attacked by an enemy force that outnumbered him at least eight-to-one, he kept fighting even after being shot in the thigh, driving the enemy off and bringing his aircraft safely home.

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