Lights out to mark 100th anniversary of WWI outbreak

Published date: 31 July 2014 |
Published by: Clement Machecourt
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PEOPLE are encouraged to switch their lights off between 10pm and 11pm on August 4 and replace them with a single light to mark the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The nationwide event is based on the famous comment attributed to Sir Edward Grey, former Foreign Secretary, who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

‘Lights Out’ will take place at the same time as a candlelit vigil of prayers, readings and music at Winchester Abbey which will be broadcast live on the BBC.

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