Today the Lochnagar Crater has been preserved as a memorial to all the men and women of all nations who suffered in the Great War and now has in excess of 200,000 visits a year, many of them British and French schoolchildren.
In 1986 a large cross of medieval wood was erected close to the lip. It was made with roof timbers from an abandoned, deconsecrated church close to Durham – most likely a church used by some of the soldiers from Tyneside who themselves fell at Lochnagar.
On the anniversary on July 1st, a remembrance ceremony is held, starting at 7.28am – the exact time of the explosion. Lasting about an hour, with around 75 wreaths being laid, it is often attended by up to 1,000 people. Should you wish to attend please click on this link to find out more.