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
shown, where known.
- New website for Arras 2007 click
Saturday 7th April 2007
- Ceremonies at the village war memorial, British
Cemetery (burial place of poet Edward Thomas) and French
- 20.00. Screening of film Joyeux Noel at the
Salle Intercommunale des Sports.
8th April 2007
- 10.00. Wreath laying ceremony.
- 14.00. City of Arras gives Freedom of the City to the
Canadians in commemoration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
- 19.30. Unveiling of memorial to the New Zealand
tunnellers who worked on the tunnels and caves beneath
D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras - 20.30. Lighting up
ceremony of the cemetery and memorial to the missing.
9th April 2007
- 08.00. Ceremony at the Digger Memorial.
le Preux - ceremony at the Newfoundland
D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras - 10.00. Ceremony at
the cemetery and memorial.
Cathedral - 11.30. Ecumenical celebration.
Cemetery St Laurant Blangy - 15.00. Ceremony
at the cemetery.
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.
to Bullecourt - 20.30. Torch lit ceremony.
Some 10,000 torches over a 20KM route will mark the
front line on 9th April 1917.
- 22.00. Musical fireworks spectacular.
10th April 2007
- Bi-lingual conference on the battle with several
speakers including author Jon Nicholls and Dr Chris
Pugsley of RMA Sandhurst.
Exhibitions April 2007
all held in the Arras Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) in the
centre of Arras.