Theresa May gets behind 'Lights Out' Great War centenary tribute event

Theresa May gets behind 'Lights Out' Great War centenary tribute event

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Lucy Golding

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Theresa May gets behind 'Lights Out' Great War centenary tribute event

Theresa May is encouraging people in Maidenhead take part in the 'Lights Out' initiative to mark the First World War centenary.

The nationwide tribute to the fallen is being held on Monday, August 4 and is asking that people turn off their lights, or leave on only a single light or a candle between 10-11pm.

Lights Out’s inspiration stems from the then Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark on the eve of the outbreak of the war in which he said: “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.

The Maidenhead MP said: “The 100th anniversary of the First World War is a key milestone for our country.

"Lights Out is an important opportunity for us to mark the outbreak of the conflict, and to reflect upon the sacrifices that so many people made serving their country 100 years ago.”

Millions of people including hundreds of local authorities, iconic buildings and national organisations are expected to get involved.

This includes the Houses of Parliament and Eden Project.

The occasion will be marked in Maidenhead in the Town Hall, where the light in the Mayor’s Parlour will be illuminated between 10pm and 11pm.

Visit 1418now.org.uk/lights-out for details.

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