Lights out in Louth to mark the centenary of the First World War

People are being asked to turn out their lights on August 4
People are being asked to turn out their lights on August 4

The lights will be going out across the country on Monday (August 4) as Britain marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Louth Town Council, East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council are just some of the organisations that will be taking part in the ‘Lights Out’ project, as part of the ‘14-18 NOW’ cultural programme organised by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The event will see lights being turned off 
across the country between 10pm and 11pm on Monday, with a single light or candle being left on for a shared moment of reflection.

Members of the British Legion will be congregating at Louth War Memorial in Ramsgate at 9.55pm on Monday, where candles can be brought (in containers) to light and place around its base at 10pm, followed by a 
candle-lit vigil.

At East Lindsey District Council headquarters in Manby, a single light will be left on in the office of the council leader, Councillor Doreen Stephenson.

Councillor Stephenson said: “At 11pm on August 4, 1914 Britain declared war on Germany, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history. We will be taking part in this important and poignant project to remember all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the families left behind.

“As time goes on and people with direct memories are lost it is more important than ever that younger generations take time to learn about their history and what conflicts such as this contributed to the lives they lead right now.”

A day of prayer ending with Lights Out will also take place on the day in 
St Stephen’s Chapel at St James’ Church, which is the town’s War Memorial Chapel, where wooden panels record those killed in the World Wars.

A display of artwork and poetry will also be in St James’ Church until Remembrance Sunday (November 9).

Louth Town Council will be hosting a number of ‘Wolds in Wartime’ commemoration events in September, based at Sessions House in Eastgate.