WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL SITE OF
THE LOCHNAGAR CRATER

Please help preserve Lochnagar Crater. Sponsor a plaque
in memory of a Great War Veteran Click here for details.

Please click this link to see the latest (24 May) TRAVEL and TIMING INFORMATION for the 1st July Remembrance Ceremony. Further updates to follow, please check here regularly.


See also the Somme Tourisme website link.

URGENT STOP PRESS

We have today (Saturday 25th June 2016) received from the Security Authorities the list of CONTRABAND ITEMS for all Ceremonies taking place on 1st July. (SYMBOLS)

Most items are what we might naturally expect and consider common-sense; please take note of their contents.

Many thanks. Richard Dunning and the Friends of Lochnagar.


Main features of the Lochnagar Crater Remembrance Ceremony - 1st July 2016
1. Maroon fired at 07.28am. Ceremony begins.
2. Whistles blown by the congregation for 30 seconds.
3. Lone Piper walks slowly round the Crater, followed by the Lochnagar Standard carried by Vin Felstead.
4. The Welccome, in English, French and German.
5. Introduction by Richard Dunning.
6. Opening Prayer - Pastor John Pressdee, Chaplain of the Friends of Lochnagar.
7. Opening Prayer in French - Diacre Jean-Pierre Cardon.
8. Address by Pastor John Pressdee.
9. Laying of Lochnagar Wreath by Yvonne Pressdee, Louise Wright and Jessica Wise.
10. Laying of Wreaths and Gerbes.
11. The 'Marseillaise' sung by the children of Ovillers-La Boisselle.
12. A Poem 'Looking Back' read by Tait Jones, with Julie Thomson.
13. A Song - 'Hanging on the old barbed wire' sung by Rachel and Jenny Wilbur.
14. Abide with Me.
15. The Lord's Prayer in English, French and German.
16. The Blessing - Pastor John Pressdee.
17. The Blessing in French - Diacre Jean-Pierre.
18. The Exhortations in English, French and German.
19. The Last Post.
20. Two minutes silence.
21. Reveille.
22. Children scatter poppy petals, followed by the congreation.
23. The Somme Battlefield Pipe Band - 'The Lament'.
24. Linking of hands around the Crater.
25. Final maroon fired. Ceremony ends.


The largest crater ever made by man in anger is now a unique memorial to all those who suffered in the Great War. It is dedicated to peace, fellowship and reconciliation between all nations who fought on the Western Front.

Aerial view of a crater ceremony with people holding hands
July 1st 2010. The congregation forming a complete circle around the Crater
by holding hands, symbolising fellowship and reconciliation.
Image courtesy of Georges Vandenbulke © 2011

The Lochnagar Crater Memorial is privately owned, having been purchased by Richard Dunning on July 1st 1978. It is supported by the superb Friends of Lochnagar who give generously of their time, effort and money to help maintain it.

It is almost 300ft (91m) in diameter and 70ft (21m) deep and each year on the anniversary on July 1st a Remembrance Ceremony is held there. A small, more informal Ceremony takes place on November 11th.


The common aim is to preserve it for future generations. It is now a poignant Garden of Remembrance, created to commemorate the gallant men and women of all nations who suffered in the Great War.


No profit has, nor ever will be made from Lochnagar.


Richard Dunning writes:

"The Lochnagar Crater is an awesome sight. I first saw it almost 40 years ago and even today, hundreds of visits later, it never ceases to take my breath away.


I believe Lochnagar plays a unique role for all those who are drawn to visit the battlefields of the Great War. People who stand on the lip for the first time, including the thousands of young people, instinctively understand the fearsome power and destruction of modern warfare and, in reading the many evocative memoirs of the soldiers themselves, the terror and vulnerability of those who experienced it.


And never forgetting those who suffered bravely at home - the wives, mothers and families who daily dreaded the telegram.


Standing at Lochnagar, often with other visitors, one shares a unique feeling of compassion and connection with those who fought and fell there. There is a special spirit of fellowship that unites all who visit - and all who seek solace at the unimaginable suffering, the sacrifice, and some say the futility of that conflict.


I believe that that war especially was a stain on mankind and in some small way, Lochnagar, whilst remaining a vast, open wound on the battlefield, symbolises the eternal pain, loss and sorrow of millions of grieving people throughout Europe. A lost generation of good, gifted and innovative young men whose loss we still feel today.

I urge you to come and stand at Lochnagar and, in doing so, commemorate those who fell there. But to do so, not simply by remembering them, but by seeking to make the world that they were so cruelly denied a much more peaceful, forgiving and loving place. In their memory and in their honour.

That is the true and on-going legacy of Lochnagar. And possibly, if enough of us do that today and in the years to come, its creation may not have been entirely in vain.

Thank you for your interest in the Lochnagar Crater Memorial. If you would like to know more about how I came to own the Crater please click on this link."



PLEASE NOTE:
GREAT CAUTION IS NEEDED WHEN ENTERING THE SITE AND ALL VISITORS DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.
WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE OWNER FOR ANY COMMERCIAL OR MEDIA FILMING OR PHOTOGRAPHY AT LOCHNAGAR.


THE FRIENDS OF LOCHNAGAR GREATLY APPRECIATE THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE
HISTORIAL DE LA GRANDE GUERRE, PERONNE
IN THE MAINTENANCE OF THE LOCHNAGAR CRATER


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