22 July 2014

To mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War the people of Northamptonshire have been invited to take part in the nationwide event LIGHTS OUT.

Everyone in the UK is invited to take part by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, August 4, leaving on a single lamp or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

How can I participate in LIGHTS OUT?

People can take part in whichever way they choose, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War either individually or by attending one of the many events being organised around the country for a collective experience.

People can also register their own events on the LIGHTS OUT website.

LIGHTS OUT is the headline project of 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the First World War centenary commemorations.

What's the idea behind LIGHTS OUT?

The inspiration for LIGHTS OUT 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.

Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, said: “The outbreak of the First World War was a very significant moment in our nation’s history and a conflict which greatly affected the people of Northamptonshire.

“I think Lights Out is a poignant commemoration of the moment our country tipped into war a century ago and an occasion people can mark either at home quietly or together with other members of their community.

“In my own village of Geddington we will be holding a vigil at the war memorial during the lights out hour.”

How can I register a LIGHTS OUT event?

To register a LIGHTS OUT event or to find more details about LIGHTS OUT events in the area go to the LIGHTS OUT website.