Lights out in Steeple for WWI centenary

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The Steeple community will be hosting an event to commemorate the outbreak of World War One.

A candlelit vigil will be held in the estate on August 4 from 10pm to 11pm to mark the occasion.

The local event is one of a number of events being held across the UK to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 and remember those who served and died during 1914-1918.

The UK project organised by 14-18 Now encourages everyone in the to take part in Lights Out by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on August 4, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary, made the famous remark on the eve of the war, that “the lights are going out allover Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

At 11pm on August 4, the candles will be blown out to symbolise the start of the war as a generation moved from light into the darkness of a bloody conflict.

The Steeple event will be held in the carpark in Oaktree Drive.

The vigil will begin at 10pm during which there will be people in period dress, serving tea and coffee.

Then at 11pm sky lanterns will be set of into the night sky.

A limited number of candles and lanterns will be available on the night; organisers would encourage you to bring your own.

This is a community event and all will be made most welcome.

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