Event marks birthday of Sheffield Pals

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A day of events is planned on Wednesday September 10 to commemorate the centenary of the formation of the Sheffield Pals Battalion - including the launch of a limited edition ale.

The programme at the Sportsman pub at Lodge Moor - next to the battalion’s wartime base - marks the exact day the group was founded in 1914.

Its original name was the Sheffield University and City Special Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment, but soon became formally known as The Sheffield City 12th (Service) Battalion.

During the day. led by local experts and dignitaries, visitors will be invited to visit the training Redmires trenches where the men who signed up prepared and trained before they went to war.

There will also be talks on the remarkable story of the Battalion’s formation,

Colonel Geoffrey Norton and other local military historians will tell the story of the Sheffield Pals and the sacrifices they made during the war.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Peter Rippon will pull the first pint of a limited edition Thornbridge ale brewed for the occasion, the Sheffield Pals Centenary Ale.

Tickets are priced £10 and all profits from the event will go to Help for Heroes.