A National Service of Commemoration was held at Llandaff Cathedral to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The service was followed by an overnight vigil where a trench lantern was lit and guarded by service personnel from the Army, Navy and RAF.
Following the vigil the trench lantern was escorted from the Cathedral to the National War Memorial in Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff where a Service of Remembrance took place.
A two-minute silence was then observed before three 105mm light guns from 104 Regiment Royal Artillery fired a 20-gun barrage to simulate the battle and whistles were then sounded by two soldiers dressed in World War 1 uniform.
Thanks to all who made the evening such a success: those who ran stalls, games and activities, took part in the fancy dress competition, designed a poster, rode a donkey, danced or just came along to watch. It was a lovely evening with a real community spirit.
The rain held off and we finished with a glorious rainbow over the Cathedral.
The Dean’s Strawberry Tea is being held at The West Front & Prebendal House on Saturday 13th August 2.30pm – 5.00pm. There will be a raffle and auction – tickets are £6.00 each and are now available from the Cathedral shop or from Social Committee members.
Monday 15th August, St Mary, mother of Our Lord
5.15pm Solemn Eucharist
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