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Industry honours the fallen as Somme centenary marked

A regional daily has dedicated today’s front page to the men of its patch lost in the Battle of the Somme, as the UK press marks the event’s centenary.

The Northern Echo listed the members of the Durham Light Infantry killed 100 years ago today on the battle’s first day – which saw British forces take more than 57,000 casualties overall.

The front page, pictured below, was part of a four page wrap produced in partnership with Durham County Council.

The Echo also carried an 8-page supplement and three pages of ‘live’ news related to the commemorations.

Northern Somme

It detailed the Durham Pals’ bravery at the Somme, first-hand accounts of their experiences, poetry inspired by the horror of the battlefield, historical fact, and promotion of the wide ranging commemorative events being staged in County Durham.

The Echo is also campaigning to raise £10,000 to erect memorials to the Pals, one of the Pals Battlations formed during the First World War to allow friends and neighbours to fight togther on the front line, in France and Durham.

Similar front page lists of those lost appeared in the Hartlepool Mail, Shields Gazette and Sunderland Echo.

YEP Somme

The Yorkshire Evening Post ran a front page wrap, above, featuring the faces of men from the 10th Battalion The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment, the worst hit in the whole of the British Army on 1 July 2016.

Its sister title the Yorkshire Post ran with a quote from Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, along with a picture of soldiers on the battlefield, below.

YP Somme

Glasgow-based daily The Herald has also printed a supplement marking the centenary today, pictured below.

Glasgow Somme

Edited by Herald executive editor Barclay McBain, it features contributions from, among others, leading historians Sir Hew Strachan and Sir Tom Devine plus articles by renowned military historian Trevor Royle and local historian,

Former Herald journalist Anne Johnstone and Mark Smith, one of senior feature writers, aso wrote for the supplement.

Editor Magnus Llewellin said: “Hardly a family in Scotland was untouched by the slaughter on the Somme and I hope our supplement, in a small way, helps to commemorate those who were killed in France 100 years ago.”

NWEM Somme

The North West Evening Mail, above, went with ‘Cumbria’s Bloodiest Day’ – accompanied by the image of a single poppy.

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  • July 5, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Good to see some decent design and dropping the front page Ads on most.

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