Belgium has been sprucing up its cemeteries, renovating museums and churning out commemorative memorabilia as the centenary approaches next year of World War One, a four-year-long event which is expected to bring millions of new visitors to the nation.
Exactly where all the visitors are meant to park, however, is provoking some head-scratching in the town of Ypres. The site of many WWI battles hosts the Last Post at 8pm, when the bugle call sounds throughout the Menin Gate, as it has done every evening since 1928.
Visitor numbers are booming, even before the centenary officially starts, and today crowds will be larger than usual as Prince Philip attends the ceremony to mark Armistice Day.
“We are surprised by the big numbers of visitors,” local politician Jef Verschoore told De Standaard newspaper last week. “Each day, we are seeing at least a dozen buses with tourists and on some days, we are welcoming some 1,000 visitors.”
This is causing traffic congestion and the Flanders News reported that cars may be banned from around the site during the ceremony, while others advocate barring vehicles permanently.
The BBC, meanwhile, reports that not all residents are happy with some of the businesses trying to cash-in on the centenary. “It makes me frown when I see souvenir shops selling poppy gin, poppy chocolates, poppy umbrellas and even chocolate helmets,” said tour guide Carl Ooghe. “It could offend some people and reflects negatively on the image of a town like Ypres.”
- 1 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 2 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
'This is what Islam tells us to do': A rare glimpse inside a Saudi Arabian prison – where Isis terrorists are showered with perks and privileges
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
£10000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to rapid customer growth, a...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree have recently been awa...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The largest private landlord ba...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncpd Cmsion: SThree: Are you looking for a job th...