Darkness to fall across the city to mark start of War

Photo Ian Robinson'Preston landmarks'Preston Town Hall
Photo Ian Robinson'Preston landmarks'Preston Town Hall
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Darkness will fall on Preston’s Flag Market to commemorate the start of the First World War.

A part of a nationwide Lights Out event, a special ceremony will take place on Monday, August 4, where all exterior lights will be turned out on council buildings, including street lamps, between 10pm and 11pm with one porch light left on at the back door of the Town Hall as a mark of respect.

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Nick Pomfret, said: “This is a momentous juncture of our time and one that has contributed to the way we live our lives today.

“It is very important we remember these occasions as a city and nation and of those who fought for us.”

Lights Out events will take place in towns and cities across the UK and invites everyone to turn off their lights for the hour, leaving a single light or candle on for a shared moment of reflection.

Britain declared war on Germany, at 11pm on August 4, 1914, with British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, making the famous remark: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life- time,” providing the inspiration for the event.

And 150 volunteers will also be needed to take part in a choreographed candlelit vigil, centred against the backdrop of the newly refurbished Cenotaph, where almost 2,000 candles will feature, each one representing a soldier named on the Roll of Honour for the First World War.

If you would like to take part in the candlelit vigil, volunteer participants from all sections of the community are sought to come together and mark this special moment in time.

Visit www.preston.gov.uk/lightsout before July 21.