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Lights Out First World War Commemoration

Mametz, Western Front: men, animals and supplies in snow covered valley (oil-on-canvas, 76.2 cm x 127.6 cm, 1919) by Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war artist.

Mametz, Western Front: men, animals and supplies in snow covered valley (oil-on-canvas, 76.2 cm x 127.6 cm, 1919) by Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war artist.

From the District Council website:

Rochford District Council will be taking part in the national ‘Lights Out’ campaign, which will see the UK plunge into darkness to mark the start of the First World War.

‘Lights Out’ is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday 4 August 2014, leaving on a single light or candle, for this shared moment of reflection. This will mark the hour that Britain entered the First World War, one hundred years ago.

‘Lights Out’ is the headline project of the cultural programme 14-18 NOW, initiated by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. It will complement a candlelit vigil of prayer being held at Westminster Abbey, which will be attended by the Royal family, at the same time.

It is hoped that over one million candles will be lit across the UK to remember each & every service man or woman who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.

Councillor June Lumley, Chairman of Rochford District Council, said: “The ‘Lights Out’ campaign is a simple but effective and creative way of marking the start of the First World War. I am proud that Rochford District Council is taking part in this national campaign, and urge residents across the district to participate in this important and symbolical act too.”

Rochford District Council will turn off all the lights at the Rayleigh and Rochford Council Offices and Rayleigh Windmill, from 10-11pm on Monday 4 August, leaving just one bright light illuminated at each location. Residents across the District, particularly owners of other prominent buildings, are encouraged to take part at the same time.

The Royal British Legion will be holding a First World War Commemoration Candlelit Service, conducted by the Reverend John Townsend of Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh. This will be held outside the Royal British Legion Memorial area in Rayleigh on 4 August, commencing at 10pm.

Further information is available on the ‘Lights Out’ website, http://www.1418now.org.uk/whats-on/lights-out.

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