News Friday, July 1st

News roundup: Battle of Somme remembered, mum killed in car crash and ex Herefordshire MEP in court over expenses

A round up of what's been happening in and around Herefordshire this week:

  • The Battle of the Somme began 100 years ago today. For the 6 miles gained, 400,000 men were killed and 1.3 million were injured. Memorials and moments of reflection have been held throughout Herefordshire this week: in Ross, the Royal British Legion raised a flag and blew a whistle at 7.30am today - the exact time on Saturday 1 July 1916 the whistle blew in France to signal troops to go over the top. 
  • Mum-of-two Tanya Easdale was killed in a crash on the A44 between Leominster and Monkland on June 26. Her daughters, who were in the car with her, were seriously injured. Paying tribute to Tanya (source: Hereford Times), her family said she was: "so loved by children, always the entertainer and so much fun". There is now a fundraising drive (source: Shropshire Star) for the girls who are being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.


  • And if you're wondering what caused all those traffic jams in Hereford yesterday, blame this.

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