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Crucifix to be returned to French church destroyed in the Battle of the Somme

by Sophie Drew
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A crucifix that was rescued from the remains of a church destroyed in the Battle of the Somme is being returned.

During World War I, churchgoers decided the artefact needed to be moved to a safer location.

It was transported 297 miles to All Saints Church in Tinwell, Rutland, where it continues to reside.

However, now that the French church has been carefully restored, the crucifix is seen as the final puzzle piece needed to restore the Doingt place of worship to its former glory.

The plan was set into motion after Rutland churchgoers learned of the restoration across the channel and reached out offering the return of the crucifix.

After four years, parishioners travelled to see the crucifix's original home, but the group had to seek permission from the Chancellor of Peterborough in order to transfer the cross.

The cross will be taken to France in June; the journey is set to take eight days.

Once the group arrives, there will be a reception at the Doingt town hall, a handover ceremony, and a commemorative church service, according to SWNS reports.

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