Lights out for the Great War tonight

‘Lights Out’ is an invitation by the Royal British Legion for everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm

‘Lights Out’ is an invitation by the Royal British Legion for everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm

First published in Local news

BRENTWOOD Council will join national Lights Out campaign tonight to mark 100 years since Britain entered World War One and they want others in the community to do the same.

‘Lights Out’ is an invitation by the Royal British Legion for everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm, leaving only a single light or candle as a symbolic act of reflection and hope.

The inspiration for the event comes from a famous remark made on the eve of the outbreak of war by the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

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

This project complements a candlelit vigil at London’s Westminster Abbey, being held at the same time. Volunteers for the Royal British Legion are also organising gatherings locally.

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