Lights out in trib­ute

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Peo­ple in Ash­ford joined mil­lions across the coun­try in the Lights Out event to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the day Bri­tain en­tered the First World War.

The ini­tia­tive saw house­holds and pub­lic build­ings switch off their lights for an ‘hour of re­flec­tion’ from 10pm to 11pm on Mon­day to re­mem­ber those who sac­ri­ficed their lives.

El­lie Crook placed her can­dle in front of pic­tures of her great­grand­par­ents, Wil­liam and Anne May Boor­man, and her late gran­dad Dennis Les­lie Hill.

Mr Boor­man fought in the First World War in the Royal West Kent reg­i­ment, while Mr Hill fought in the Sec­ond World War in the Tank reg­i­ment.

The ini­tia­tive was a nod to the words of wartime For­eign Sec­re­tary Sir Edward Grey, who said: “The lamps are go­ing out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life­time.”

Many chose to light a sin­gle can­dle and read­ers have shared their own trib­utes with us.

Two can­dles and a photo of a sol­dier were placed at the tank in Ash­ford’s St Ge­orge’s Square.

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