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Arras 2007


The 9th April 2007 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Arras. A number of events are planned locally - details of the mains ones are shown below.

For up to date information visit the Arras Tourist Office website and for Vimy Ridge visit the Veterans Affairs website.

Times are shown, where known.

Update - New website for Arras 2007 click here.

Saturday 7th April 2007

Agny - Ceremonies at the village war memorial, British Cemetery (burial place of poet Edward Thomas) and French Cemetery.

Bertincourt - 20.00. Screening of film Joyeux Noel at the Salle Intercommunale des Sports. 

Sunday 8th April 2007

Thélus - 10.00. Wreath laying ceremony.

Arras - 14.00. City of Arras gives Freedom of the City to the Canadians in commemoration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Arras - 19.30. Unveiling of memorial to the New Zealand tunnellers who worked on the tunnels and caves beneath Arras.

Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras - 20.30. Lighting up ceremony of the cemetery and memorial to the missing.

Monday 9th April 2007

Bullecourt - 08.00. Ceremony at the Digger Memorial.

Monchy le Preux - ceremony at the Newfoundland Memorial.

Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras - 10.00. Ceremony at the cemetery and memorial.

Arras Cathedral - 11.30. Ecumenical celebration.

German Cemetery St Laurant Blangy - 15.00. Ceremony at the cemetery.

Vimy Ridge Memorial - 16.00. Major ceremony to commemorate the Canadian Corps capture of the ridge. Huge crowds expected with road restrictions in place plus security. Tour operators and groups may need to register. Memorial details here.

Vimy to Bullecourt - 20.30. Torch lit ceremony. Some 10,000 torches over a 20KM route will mark the front line on 9th April 1917.

Tilloy-les-Mofflaines - 22.00. Musical fireworks spectacular. 

Tuesday 10th April 2007

Arras - Bi-lingual conference on the battle with several speakers including author Jon Nicholls and Dr Chris Pugsley of RMA Sandhurst.

Major Exhibitions April 2007

These are all held in the Arras Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) in the centre of Arras.


The British Army in Arras in photographs (Arras Hotel de Ville).


Commonwealth War Cemeteries in photographs (Arras Hotel de Ville).


Arras 1917 - 2007: Memories of Men, Items of Memory (Arras Hotel de Ville).


Trench Art (Arras Hotel de Ville).


Arras, War Images (outside Arras Hotel de Ville).


Following traces of the War in photographs (Arras Hotel de Ville).

A number of other exhibitions are planned in the outlying villages including Bullecourt, Roeux and Tilloy.


Researching someone who fought at Arras? Visit my WW1 Research Page.

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