Mark war date with dark hour

Every­one urged to turn off the lights

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Mort Smith mort.smith@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

EVERY­ONE in the UK is in­vited to take part in the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the cen­te­nary of the out­break of the First World War by turn­ing off their lights for an hour on the evening on Au­gust 4.

LIGHTS OUT is be­ing or­gan­ised by 14-18 NOW, the of­fi­cial cul­tural pro­gramme for the com­mem­o­ra­tions.

The in­spi­ra­tion for the project comes from a fa­mous re­mark made on the eve of the out­break of war by Sir Edward Grey, the for­eign sec­re­tary at the time, who said: “The lamps are go­ing out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life­time.”

Bri­tain de­clared war on Ger­many at 11pm on Au­gust 4, 1914, ush­er­ing in one of the dark­est pe­ri­ods in our his­tory.

By turn­ing off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Au­gust 4, leav­ing on a sin­gle light or can­dle for a shared mo­ment of re­flec­tion, peo­ple can take part in mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the out­break of the First World War.

Mil­lions of peo­ple are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in LIGHTS OUT and hun­dreds of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, iconic build­ings and na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the BBC and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion,

The lamps

are go­ing out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in

our life­time”

parish coun­cils and places of wor­ship have al­ready pledged their sup­port.

Land­marks such as Black­pool Il­lu­mi­na­tions, the Houses of Par­lia­ment, the Eden Project, Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum and Tower Bridge will turn off their lights for that pe­riod.

The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion has launched a cam­paign for at least one mil­lion can­dles to be lit across the UK and theatre pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing those of the Na­tional Theatre’s War Horse, both at home and abroad, will in­vite au­di­ences to take part in project af­ter their cur­tain calls.

The LIGHTS OUT cam­paign com­ple­ments the can­dlelit vigil ser­vice to be held in West­min­ster Abbey from 10pm to 11pm on Mon­day, Au­gust 4.

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