8 memorial sites, 18 musicians, 1 solidarity cause
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11 June - 9.30am to 5pmA cause for solidarity8 memorial sites, 18 musicians
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Somme Battlefields for Peace Tour

Samarobriva Pipes and Drums©SamarobrivaPipesandDrums


Somme Tourisme, in collaboration with the group Samarobriva Pipes and Drums, is organising a musical tour of the Somme battlefields on Sunday 11 June from 9.30 am to 5 pm, in order to collect donations for the "Somme Battlefields for Peace" solidarity movement. The concerts will be accompanied by a tour guide, a member of the Somme Battlefields' Partner network.

The Samarobriva Pipes and Drums group will perform several pieces including "The Battle of the Somme", composed on the battlefield by Pipe Major William Lawrie. These concerts will also be an opportunity to commemorate the pipers who died on the battlefields, two of whom have their names inscribed on the Franco-British memorial at Thiepval.

Our objective is twofold," emphasises François Bergez, director of Somme Tourism and Pipers. It is to raise awareness and collect donations for the Somme Battlefields for Peace movement [...] It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the soldiers who fought in the Somme. It is another way of commemorating and supporting a good cause and thus making our contribution to peace in the world. An action of solidarity and commitment.

Dragon de Mametz©SamuelCrampon

Programme of the day


9.30 am: Concert at Lochnagar Crater

10.25am: Concert at the German cemetery in Fricourt

11.20am: Concert at the Welsh dragon in Mametz

12.10pm: Concert at the South African memorial in Longueval

2:25pm: Concert at the 1st Australian Division Memorial in Pozières

3:20pm: Concert at Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Park

4.05pm: Concert at the Ulster Tower

5pm: Final concert at the Franco-British Memorial at Thiepval

The donations collected on this day will be donated to Handicap International, which works in favour of civilians, victims of war and finances mine clearance operations.