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FLERS (SOMME)

 


FLERS 'THEN AND NOW'

  
 

 


The accommodation
The battle of the 'Flers - Courcelette' was one of the biggest offensives of the Somme battle of 1916.  The offensive commenced at dawn on 15th September  with troops for the very first time being supported by the new 'Tank'.
 


Mk V tank
 

The small but very significant village of Flers became the first village to be liberated  with the aid of tanks; the message that sped around the world was “ A tank is walking up the main street of Flers, with the British Army cheering behind”.  Visitors to the Somme battlefield can now base themselves in the heart of this historic village.



The location of Flers
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The B&B accommodation at Flers comprises three guest rooms located on the upper floor, with a shared bathroom for exclusive use of guests.

 

Peter and Hilary Smith, the English owners of this family accommodation, pride themselves on being able to offer guests 'a wealth of  atmospheric treasures' of the Great War, as well as many books and fascinating photographic records in their small library (see photos right) and other artefacts relating to WWI - and the Somme battle in particular.

 

Peter and Hilary will be pleased to offer evening meals and packed lunches, as well as mountain bikes to hire.

 

Other options to consider whilst staying at Flers include:

Paris:
Enjoy a day out in the capital city. Only 1hr 30 minutes away by direct route A1 motorway. There is also a high-speed train service within easy reach.

Lille:
The European Cultural Capital 2004. Only 40 minutes away by direct route A1 motorway, Lille is a busy bustling city. Stroll around the large squares and admire the stunning architecture.

Arras:
The historic city of Arras is a mere 30 minutes away. It has a wealth of interesting architecture and history, a gothic town hall, 18th century monuments and Art Deco buildings. Every December there is a wonderful open air Christmas market where you can purchase that extra special present.

Amiens:
40 minutes by road takes you west to Amiens. A large bustling city the home of Jules Verne, with a host of canals you can sail to the water gardens or visit its many museums and fantastic medieval cathedral.

Fishing on the Somme:
Fishing on the Somme takes in 750km of river and man made lakes.

The area has a long history of fishing, which continues today. A permit is needed for any fishing, but can be easily obtained from one of the many local angling associations.