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LANDMARKS across North Wales are being lit up in red to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

The bloodiest days of World War I are being remembered across the country in tribute to hundreds of thousands of victims of the brutal offensive which started in northern France on July 1 1916.

The British Army suffered almost 60,000 casualties on the first day alone and more than a million men would be killed or wounded on both sides over the course of the 141-day battle between the Allies (British Empire and French) and German troops.

On Friday night, 17 castles across Wales turned red along with Rhyl Harbour's Pont y Ddraig Bridge town hall and the clock tower.

Landmarks will be lit up until Remembrance Sunday on November 13.

Chair of Denbighshire County Council, Ann Davies, said: "Throughout the year during certain historical and sporting events we light up and/ or change the colour of Denbighshire landmarks.

"We are delighted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme in this way and hope residents will enjoy seeing their town lit up to honour this historical moment in time."

Richard Kendrick, who is running Rhyl's Poppy Appeal, is helping businesses join the commemorations by handing out red filters.

"The red symbolises the blood shed during the Battle of the Somme," he said.

"It would be great if as many as possible helped to turn Wales red out of respect for the War dead."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Oct 31, 2016
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