Ticket ballot opens for Battle of Passchendaele commemorative events

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03 January 2017
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View_from_top_of_Tyne_Cot-48897.jpg Tyne Cot Cemetery
A ticket ballot has opened today for the UK government's national commemorative events in Belgium on 30 and 31 July 2017.

A ticket ballot has opened today for the UK government's national commemorative events in Belgium on 30 and 31 July 2017.

The commemorations will take place at leper (30 July) and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Tyne Cot Cemetery (31 July) to mark the centenary of the third battle of Ypres, known as the Battle of Passchendaele. The Tyne Cot Cemetery commemoration is a ticket-only event, with tickets available by ballot to anyone is a descendant of a soldier who rought at the battle, or has a 'close connection' to the conflict.

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The ballot opens on 3 January 2017 and closes on 24 February, and full terms & conditions are available on the Passchendaele 100 website.

THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE

The Battle of Passchendaele (31 July to 10 November 2017) was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, and was fought in Flanders, Belgium. 

Since the end of the first First World War, people have travelled to the town of leper to pay their respects, and see the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials which mark the landscape.

The UK government's programme of events is part of a wider initiative to mark the centenary of the First World War and remember those who died for their country. 

The 30 July event is a public event which will take place in the market square in leper, following the nightly Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. The following day, a ticket-only event will take place at Tyne Cot Cemetery, for which tickets will be offered by ballot.

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For more on the commemorations, visit the Passchendaele 100 website.

 

 

 

 

 

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