For those contemplating attending these ceremonies please note that you are required to enter a ballot for the Tyne Cot ceremony on the 31st July.
Details as below.
The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport announced the launch of a public ballot for tickets, whereby descendants of those involved in the Battle can apply to attend an event at Tyne Cot Cemetery on 31 July 2017.
The programme of commemorative events will see a traditional Last Post ceremony take place at the Menin Gate memorial to the missing in Ypres on 30 July, the eve of the centenary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele. This will be immediately followed by a multi-media cultural event combining live performance and projection mapping in Market Square.
The following day, 31 July, there will be a ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Tyne Cot Cemetery. Entry for this event will be by ticket only and applicants are invited to enter a ballot for a pair of tickets. The ballot for tickets to Tyne Cot, and further information concerning commemorations on 30 and 31 July this year, can be found here:
While it is not possible to make group entries in the ballot for the event at Tyne Cot, you will be able to enter the details of your guests, as long as you have their information to hand and their permission to do so and they are eligible for the ballot as per the terms and conditions. You can also register yours and your customers’ interest in attending the event at Market Square here, and it is very important that you do so in order that we and the Belgian authorities know how many people to expect.
As with previous events, we expect a park and ride service to be in operation on 31 July, and further details will be released in the coming months.