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Church service will mark 100 years since Britain and Germany declared war

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

Malcolm Goode has created a book for Burton Town Hall of all the names of those who died during the WW1 + WW2

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A CANDLELIGHT vigil will be held to mark 100 years since the moment war broke out between Britain and Germany.

The service at St Mary’s Church, in Stretton, will commence from 10pm on August 4.

Candles will be lit and gradually extinguished until 11pm.

The time will be exactly 100 years on from the moment a British ultimatum for Germany to withdraw troops from Belgium expired, and a state of war existed between the countries.

The candlelit ceremony is meant to commemorate comments from the British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey, who said at the time: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Stretton parish councillor Malcolm Goode (pictured) revealed the plans at the latest parish council meeting.

He also said a network of parish council’s would hold an exhibition at the de Ferrers Academy in June.

Another Stretton parish councillor, Clive Norton, said a handful of tickets still remained for a choir at Burton Town Hall, also to mark the Great War’s centenary, which will start at 7pm on June 5.

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