Lights out to remember our dark history

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A national Lights Out event will take place on Monday as part of the commemorations of The Great War and Nottinghamshire County Council are encouraging residents to get involved.

The event which has been organised nationally by 14-18 NOW who are inviting individuals, households and companies to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on August 4pm, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

The event is to signify the exact time 100 years ago when Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, signalling the beginning of one of the darkest periods of our history where 37 million people died.

Inspiration for the ‘Lights Out’ tribute came from a quote by British Foreign Secretary at the time, Sir Edward Grey, who said “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Nottinghamshire County Council are supporting the commemorations and a single light will remain lit at County Hall in Loughborough Road.

Council Leader Councillor Alan Rhodes said: “The event gives us another opportunity to reflect on the immense sacrifices that so many people made for our country during the Great War.”