29 Jun '16, 7pm
A piper from Irish Guards, wounded in Afghanistan,
Lance Corporal Richie Spence, 24, from Newtownards, County Down, will have the honour of playing the lament at the end of an all-night vigil and service at Westminster Abbey commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on Friday 1 July. LCpl Spence, from the Irish Guards, will play Flowers in the Forest standing at the tomb of the unknown warrior at 07.30am, marking the moment one hundred years before that thousands of British soldiers met their deaths as they went ‘over the top’ in the first wave of attack. Tribute to all who fought The young Lance Corporal, who was shot by insurgents while serving on Operation Herrick 13 in Afghanistan in 2011, aged just 18, said it would be a huge honour and privilege to play on the anniversary of Britain’s bloodiest battle. He said: “It’s such an important day. It was a truly horrible war with terrible casualties. You had lad...