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Louth commemorates World War One 100th

Louth War Memorial was lit by candlelight during the commemoration of the World War One centenary. Photo: Ian Holmes.

Louth War Memorial was lit by candlelight during the commemoration of the World War One centenary. Photo: Ian Holmes.

 

A flickering act of remembrance spread across Louth on Monday evening as thousands lit a candle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.

Crowds stood in silence as Louth War Memorial was bathed in candlelight at the exact hour that our country went to war 100 years ago.

Residents both young and old stood together to reflect and remember those who fought and died for our country.

People who were unable to join in at one of the candlelit vigils that were taking place across the country could pay their respects at home by turning out the lights and lighting a single candle between 10pm and 11pm.

A single light even remained at East Lindsey District Council’s Tedder Hall headquarters in the office of Leader of the Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson.

The District Council have taken part in the LIGHTS OUT project – part of the cultural programme 14-18 NOW initiated by the department for culture, media and sport and were working closely alongside the Royal British Legion.

George Fell, chairman of the Louth and District Royal British Legion, said: “We saw a wonderful turn out for Louth at the candlelit service 
which included both adults and children which was fantastic.

“We thought it was really important to do something for the anniversary and a lot of memories were shared and we remembered friends and relations that fought and died for our country.”

Coun Doreen Stephenson added: “I am pleased the council has taken part in the LIGHTS OUT project to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice between 1914-18.

“We all have a father, uncle, grandfather or great-grandfather who has served in a conflict at one time.

“But as the years go by and people with direct memories are lost, it is more important than ever that younger generations take the time to learn about their history and how conflicts such as this directly contributed to the lives they lead today.”

District Council chairman, Coun Robert Palmer, added: “This poignant project was to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice and for the families that were left behind.

“This was a special moment for us all to remember as no-one will see this kind of significant anniversary again in our lifetime.”

 

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