VIDEO: Ripley remembers the Battle of the Somme 100 years on

Events have taken place in Ripley this morning to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

A small gathering was held in Crossley Park at 7.20am at the WW1 memorial near the bandstand. The early morning even was significant as 7.30am was the time the whistle was blown for the first men to go over the top on the first day of the battle on July 1, 1916.

Stuart Joynes, Vice Chair of the Ripley branch of the RBL blows the whistle at 7.30am.

Stuart Joynes, Vice Chair of the Ripley branch of the RBL blows the whistle at 7.30am.

Later on in the morning, at 10.45am, a full service took place at the Cenotaph in the church yard, including a two-minute silence to remember those from the town who lost their lives.

Prayers and readings were led by the vicar and local schools.

The Battle of the Somme took place from July 1 to November 18 1946 and has come to symbolise the enormous losses and dreadful conditions of the First World War.

Children from Ripley St John's Primary School read out poems.

Children from Ripley St John's Primary School read out poems.