THIS week saw the official opening of the visitors’ centre at Thiepval, the memorial on the site of the World War I Somme battlefield.
For many years all that greeted visitors was the 150-foot marble and brick memorial with the names of 72,000 British and South African soldiers.
Now an educational centre has been built with the support of British charities and the Conseil Général of the Département of the Somme.
Over 160,000 people visit the site and the centre has a permanent exhibition explaining the history of the battle, a gift shop and improved parking and restrooms.
Visit the Thiepval charity website.