Lights Out on the Isle of Wight to mark Great War centenary

By Ross Findon

Monday, August 4, 2014

 

Lights Out on the Isle of Wight to mark Great War centenary

Television presenter Jeremy Paxman is among those supporting Lights Out campaign to remember the start of the First World War. Picture courtesy of the Royal British Legion.

THE 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War will be marked across the Isle of Wight today (Monday).

The Isle of Wight Council is among the organisations to take part in the national Lights Out commemoration, which will see lights turned off at buildings throughout the country for an hour of shared reflection on the First World War.

In addition to the switch off of the illumination of the three County Hall car park flags, the Newport Guildhall lights will be turned off between 10pm-11pm.

Organisers of Lights Out encourage everyone to take part in the UK by turning off their lights and leave just a single light or a candle on for the hour.

Isle of Wight Council leader Cllr Ian Stephens said: "We are delighted to be taking part in this very worthwhile event and hope many other people across the Island will also be marking the occasion at 10pm."

A service is due to be held in Ryde at 11am, near the Pavillion at Eastern Gardens, as part of the Ryde Remembers project.

At Cowes Week tomorrow (Tuesday), 100 years after the first shot at sea was fired in the Great War, a single cannon will be fired in remembrance at 10am, followed by a minute silence.

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