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Eric Pickles MP

UK Sec. of State Visits War Graves

24 January 2014

Ahead of the Centenary of the Great War, the Right Honourable Eric Pickles MP, UK Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, toured some of the CWGC's most iconic sites in France and Belgium. 

On 23 and 24 January, Mr Pickles, MP for Brentwood and Ongar in Essex, visited a number of our sites in France and Belgium, including our workshop in Arras, the Thiepval Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial as well as the Menin Gate, where he laid a wreath during the Last Post ceremony

Mr Pickle's department is playing a key role in the British government's First World War commemorations.  Last year, it announced a nationwide competition to design First World War Victoria Cross paving stones, to be placed in the birthplaces of Victoria Cross recipients across the UK.