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Hundreds pay respects to Battle of the Somme heroes

In Britain's towns and cities up and down the country, hundreds of people gathered in cathedrals and city squares to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Somme.

ITV News royal editor Tim Ewart reports:

Fallen remembered 100 years on from Battle of Somme

Video report by ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine

Thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of Somme were remembered today 100 years on.

Services were held around the country and in northern France to commemorate those who lost their lives on July 1, 1916.

The royal family attended a number of events as did Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande.


George Osborne leads Somme tributes in Manchester

George Obsorne lays a wreath in Manchester. Credit: PA

The Chancellor has led commemorations of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in Manchester.

George Osborne placed a wreath in St Peter's Square in the centre of the city on Friday afternoon.

David Cameron joined the royal family and foreign dignitaries in paying respects at Thiepval Memorial in France, earlier in the day.

The message Mr Osborne left on his wreath. Credit: PA
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