Council running bus up to the Somme heritage centre

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With the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme approaching in 2016 the Good Relations Team at Derry City and Strabane District Council are delighted to offer local residents an opportunity to visit the Somme Heritage Centre in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday and to engage in conversations around remembrance.

The visit is planned for Monday, October 19, from 9am to 4.45pm with buses leaving Derry City and Strabane District Council offices at Derry Road, Strabane and the Shared Futures Centre, Waterside in Londonderry.

The trip is free, and includes admission to the centre, and a light lunch.

Members of the public wishing to find out more about the local significance of World War 1 and issues around how it is remembered today are encouraged to register from 10am on Monday, October 5. (Please note, in the interests of ensuring this opportunity is widely advertised before bookings open, we will be unable to process any phone or email bookings before this date).

Applicants must be aged 16 or over. Bookings are prioritised to those who live, work or volunteer in the local Council area.

A maximum of three places per community group initially (additional bookings can go on waiting list).

Registrations are on a first come first served basis. There are 80 places available. Bookings are through phone, e-mail or fax to Niamh Scullion from 10.00 am on Monday, October 5.

Closing date is Monday, October 12, 2015. Niamh.scullion@derrystrabane.com fax: 71311524 or phone booking: 028 71253253 (extension number 8225).

The Somme Heritage Centre Tour includes information on the Home Rule Crisis, World War 1 recruitment and battles, Artefacts, 10th (Irish) Division, 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division information.