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Lancaster remembers Great War with Lights Out service

Lights Out event at Lancaster Cenotaph on the 100th anniversary of Britain entering the First World War. Picture: M.Yates Photography

Lights Out event at Lancaster Cenotaph on the 100th anniversary of Britain entering the First World War. Picture: M.Yates Photography

Lancaster Cenotaph hosted a Lights Out service as part of the centenary of Britain entering the First World War.

Communities from all over gathered in darkness at churches, war memorials and iconic buildings between 10pm and 11pm on Monday August 4 to remember and reflect upon the declaration of war in 1914.

The service in Lancaster was one of the many landmarks which hosted the 14-18 NOW’s Lights Out event.

Morecambe Town Councillor Darren Clifford, who served as a nurse in the armed forces for 14 years, described the atmosphere in Lancaster as beautiful and poignant.

He said: “It was really heart-warming to see the amount of people who turned up. The gardens surrounding the memorial where pretty full. There was a real sense of reflection.

“I had friends who died in battle so it is very emotional for me. You do have a little moment to yourself where you reflect on who came back and who didn’t.”

The inspiration for Lights Out came from a famous remark made on the evening 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.”

British Embassies and High Commissions around the world took part by lighting a candle at 11pm and posting pictures of their candles on Twitter.

Many followed suit with their images on Twitter which captured various Lights Out services across the UK.

 

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