Remembering the heroes of the Battle of the Somme

At 7:30 AM on Saturday 1 July 1916, British troops clambered from their trenches to advance across no man's land towards the German lines.

But the attack was largely a disaster.

In just a few hours, 19,240 British troops were killed out of a total of 57, 470 casualties, making it the bloodiest day in British military history.

Thousands of soldiers from the North West died on the Somme and all this week, we'll have a series of special features to mark the event on Friday.

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Brother and sister's emotional visit to the Somme

A brother and sister from the Isle of Man have made an emotional trip to France to remember relatives who fought at the Somme.

Speaking before they left Linda Stricket and David Brew said they felt humble to be making the journey.

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