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Manchester transport falls silent at Piccadilly station

TfGM commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Photo: TfGM
TfGM commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Credit: TfGM
TfGM commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Credit: TfGM
TfGM commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Credit: TfGM

Transport for Greater Manchester joined Manchester City Council, Network Rail, rail operators and British Transport Police as the country fell silent to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

TfGM commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Credit: TfGM

Reverend Nigel Ashworth led a short service at the war memorial at Manchester Piccadilly this morning, with the Last Post playing across the station and preluding a two-minute silence.

TfGM commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Credit: TfGM

Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.

TfGM commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Credit: TfGM

Wreaths were also laid at Oxford Road train station, Rochdale Interchange and the First Bus depot at Queens Road.

Later today TfGM employees who have previously served in the Armed Forces will take part in a parade through the city centre – one of a number of commemoration events being held across Manchester.

TfGM commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Credit: TfGM

Dr Jon Lamonte, said:

It is difficult to properly comprehend the brutality that started 100 years ago today and went on to last 141 days.

More than one million people were killed or injured during the Battle of the Somme.

Young men – brothers, sons, husbands and fathers – paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country and it is extremely important that we remember them.

– Dr Jon Lamonte

For travel advice during today’s Somme 100 centenary events visit: www.tfgm.com/somme100

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