A NUMBER of services and dedications took place yesterday to mark one hundred years since the start of the First World War.
In Stretton and Tutbury, church services were held at 10pm to coincide with the declaration of war, with those in attendance taking along their own torches and candles. Throughout each service candles were also extinguished until 11pm
Visitors also gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum where there was also a candlelit vigil to honour those who fell during the Great War.
In Branston an act of remembrance was held, where the names of those who fell throughout the conflict were recalled, while Reverend Prebendary Mick Ellor read out prayers of peace in memoriam.
Meanwhile to coincide with the national 'Lights Out' campaign, households in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire switched off their lights at 10pm, leaving either a single candle to burn or one light on as a mark of respect to those who fell. The idea followed the words of Sir Edward Grey, who on the eve of war said: "The lamps are going out all over Europe."