Chelmsford to mark Great War anniversary by turning out the lights

Chelmsford Weekly News: Chelmsford Council are backing the Lights Out event Chelmsford Council are backing the Lights Out event

CHELMSFORD will support a lights out event next month that will mark the hour Britain entered the First World War 100 years ago.

Lights Out is an invitation for every community member, every building and every business in the UK to turn off their lights from 10-11pm on Monday, August, leaving on a solitary light or candle for a shared moment of thought.

The project is being organised by 14-18 Now, the official cultural programme for the First World War Centenary Commemorations.

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.

Councillor Nicolette Chambers, said: "We encourage all our residents to join us in this poignant moment of World War I reflection and remembrance."

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.

More information on Lights Out can be found at: www.1418now.org.uk/whats-on/lights-out/

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