Our small but important role in Battle of Amiens commemoration

The Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister attended the commemorations in northern France to mark the centenary of the Battle of Amiens – the beginning of the end of World War One.

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We’re proud to have worked with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to produce the programme for the official commemorative event.

CDS print managed and proofread the programme for the service held at Notre Dame Cathedral, Amiens on 8 August 2018.

Prince William and Theresa May both paid tribute at the service. They also spoke to descendants of soldiers who fought in the battle.

The Battle of Amiens was one of the last major battles of World War I. This service was part of a series of events commemorating 100 years since each of these major battles. 

The series culminates with the commemoration of the armistice in November. CDS are also project managing, proofreading and print managing the programme for the November event. 

Lynn Fidler, Senior Events Manager, Dept for Culture Media and Sport said: “CDS were very responsive... They were very quick and flexible in modifying the timing plan as circumstances changed to meet the deadline. It was a pleasure working with CDS...”

Two thousand guests saw the service from inside the Cathedral, including hundreds of descendants of those who fought. A further 1,200 members of the public watched from the Cathedral square. 

Guests included:

  • The representative of the French Republic
  • His Excellency, Mr Joachim Gauck, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Canada
  • The Honourable Darren Chester MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Personnel and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Australia
  • Her Excellency Ms Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France
  • Her Excellency Jamie D. McCourt, United States Ambassador to France and Monaco
  • Representatives of those nations who served on the Western Front during the summer of 1918.

Paul Meersman, Head of Marketing at CDS said: “We see it as a privilege and an honour to quietly play a small but important role in the success of events like this, commemorating the importance of a battle that helped bring an end to the First World War and remembering those who bravely served.”

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