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Lights Out campaign will be held across the country between 10pm and 11pm

04 August 2014
by Angela Cole

 

Lights all over west Kent will go out as people observe the national campaign, Lights Out, to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War tonight (Monday)

As events got underway over the weekend to mark the anniversary, a special drumhead service was held at Brenchley Gardens in Maidstone yesterday (Sunday).

Hundreds of names were read out of those locally who had died in the conflict, and hundreds of people of all ages gathered to listen to the service. 

Two-year-old Ava Willis, whose great, great grandfather was killed in the First World War holds a candle to remember him

Two-year-old Ava Willis, whose great, great grandfather was killed in the First World War holds a candle to remember him

 

Candles were lit by many of those present to remember some of them.

Tonight at 10pm local people are also encouraged to turn their lights off and have just a single light or candle burning between 10pm and 11pm. 

Kent County Council is set to observe the event at County Hall.

The inspiration for the event came from a famous remark made on the eve of the outbreak of war by the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, who said: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."

Are you from Maidstone and the surrounding area and taking part? If so let us know and send us your pictures for us to include in our coverage. You can email messengernews@thekmgroup.co.uk

 

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