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Shrouds of the Somme display comes to a close

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A service marking the centenary of the end of the Battle of the Somme is taking place in Bristol this evening. The ceremony also marks an end of the epic Shrouds of the Somme display in the city.

More than 80,000 people are estimated to have seen the display of 20,000 models on College Green in the last week.

More than ten million people went on Facebook to view the installation in Exeter. Credit: ITV News
80k
people came to see the week long display in Bristol

Thousands of people viewed the work when it was displayed at Exeter's Northernhay Gardens in July to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles in British military history.

Somerset artist Rob Heard took three years to complete the project and hand-stitched every shroud, reading the name of each man out loud from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's list of the dead as he completed each figure.

Shrouds of the Somme has been shortlisted for a Remember WW1 award. Credit: ITV News

It has come to be known as an art display, an act of remembrance and an educational resource.

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