Diss Museum to host event to commemorate the Battle of the Somme

Somme soldiers. ANL-160621-103706001
Somme soldiers. ANL-160621-103706001

Diss Museum will be hosting a presentation and film, plus a display in an empty shop window to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The first day of the battle, 1 July 1916, saw the heaviest loss of life in a single day’s fighting in British military history. The conflict lasted November 18 and resulted in more than one million casualties.

For the museum, Helen Kennett will give a presentation on Diss men at the Somme, and there will also be a showing of the film made in 1916 about the battle. Local pianist Carol Moss will improvise an accompaniment to the film to give it the feel of its period.

It will be held at St Mary’s Hall, Diss, at 7.30pm on Friday, July 1, tickets £5.

There is also a display in the former St. Nicholas Street barber’s shop window, courtesy of landlord Len Ramsbotham.