THE Lille region witnessed some of the most important battles of the First World War.
But finding the sites can be hard. That’s why the Lille Tourist Office offers tours with English-speaking guides direct from the city centre.
The Lille Tourist Office is running coach tours to nearby cemeteries, memorials and other reminders of the battles of the First World War, making it easier for visitors to access these sites and their rich history.
One tour on offer takes visitors to Fromelles, the site of a terrible battle on July 19th 1916. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission inaugurated a new military cemetery here on July 19th 2010, in the presence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
It is the first cemetery to be created by the Commission in 50 years.
The tour also pays homage to other nations that fought in the war, with trips to memorials for Indian and Portuguese soldiers.
The Tourist Office also runs tours into Belgium, to the Tyne Cot Cemetery, one of the largest and most impressive Commonwealth military cemeteries. You can also visit the Essex Farm cemetery, inspiration for the poem, ‘In Flanders Field’.
For more information, visit www.lilletourism.com
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