The Battle of the Somme...

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A public ballot has been launched to allow 8000 people to attend the Battle of the Somme centenary event in a year's time.

The ceremony in France takes place on July 1st next year.

The Government is also allocating a further four-million pounds to the Heritage Lottery Fund so communities can explore and share local connections to the First World War.

Today's announcement was made at the Guards Memorial overlooking Horse Guards Parade.

BBC London 94.9's David Friend spoke to the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale...

For more information go to: www.somme2016.org

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