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World War I centenary events announced

10 June 2013 Last updated at 18:48 BST

Two pupils and a teacher from each state secondary school in England will be sent to visit French and Belgian battlefields to mark the World War I centenary, the government has said.

They will be asked to research local people who fought in the war as part of the £5.3m government-funded scheme.

A four-year £50m centenary programme will also include a candle-lit vigil at Westminster Abbey on 4 August 2014.

It will end at 2300 BST - exactly 100 years after war was declared.

Robert Hall reports.