Coronavirus restrictions reduced the annual Pals’ commemoration to very small impromptu gatherings, including a handful of WW1 Group members who met at the Pals’ memorial on 1 July. The Chairman gave a brief, impromptu appreciation of the immense cost of the losses sustained on that day in 1916 and placed a wreath on behalf of the group. Another member then read a short poem by Somme survivor Walter Hare.
In France, Jean-Luc Tabary, the Mayor of Hébuterne, placed the wreath at the Pals’ memorial on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Bradford and the WW1 Group. The position of this memorial on the Front line of 1 July 1916 could not be more appropriate. It’s difficult to fully express our gratitude to Mayor Jean-Luc for offering this site, his organising of the installation by local builders and for his ongoing care in maintaining the area.