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Lights out to mark the start of World War One tonight

PUBLISHED: 15:06 04 August 2014

Will you be turning out the lights tonight (Monday)?

Will you be turning out the lights tonight (Monday)?

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North Devon is invited to turn off all its lights from 10-11pm tonight to mark the moment Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914.

PEOPLE in North Devon are invited to join a special ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

Tonight (Monday), as part of the national Royal British Legion Lights Out event, North Devon Council has organised a walk from the Rock Park war memorial in Barnstaple to the museum, where a single candle will be lit in an upstairs window.

The procession sets off at 9.30pm and all are welcome to join in, or gather at 10pm by the square for the lighting of the candle.

The RBL is inviting people across the country to turn out their lights on Monday from 10-11pm, leaving a single light or candle burning to mark the moment Britain declared war on Germany, at 11pm on August 4, 1914.

The inspiration comes from a remark made on the eve 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 life-time’.

“This is a very special event and one I’m proud to take part in,” said North Devon Council Chairman Malcolm Wilkinson.

“It’s so important to remember the sacrifices made by so many people in North Devon and across the country and I’d encourage people to come along and share this moment of reflection.”

Council Leader Cllr Brian Greenslade added: “We can’t let a significant milestone like this pass us by without showing our respects to those who fought for our freedom 100 years ago.

“It is particularly poignant for me as my grandfather fought in Belgium and France in World War One.”

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