HUNDREDS of homes across Burton and South Derbyshire are set to be plunged into darkness to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The Royal British Legion has launched a scheme to encourage people across the area to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on August 4 – leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope.
This is to symbolise the moment 100 years ago when Britain declared war with Germany.
Jane Nuth, of St Mary’s Priory Church in Tutbury, revealed details of the first event announced in the area.
She said: “This will be held from 10pm on Monday, August 4, at St Mary’s Priory Church, Tutbury, to commemorate the centenary of the commencement of the First World War.
“The service should last an hour – the last candle will be extinguished at 11pm.
“Sir Edward Grey, the then Foreign Secretary, said that night: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time.’
“All are welcome to attend the event.”
A spokesman for the Royal British Legion said: “We hope to light one million candles across the UK to remember each and every one of those servicemen and women who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.
“Please join together with us to create a unique national moment for the United Kingdom and The Royal British Legion.
“You may want to hold your event at other venues like a local sports club, legion club or local pub.
“Please remember to inform local police if gathering in a public place.
“The time you hold your event is up to you, but we suggest it should be dark enough to see the candles.”
More information is available online at www.britishlegion.org.uk