COTSWOLD District Council will take part in a mass public LIGHTS OUT event to mark the precise time that Britain officially entered the First World War in 1914.

LIGHTS OUT is the headline project of 4-18NOW, the official cultural programme for World War One centenary commemorations.

Across the country, communities are being invited to join together in a shared moment of reflection by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, August 4, leaving on a single light or candle for a moment of reflection.

The large-scale event will echo the famous words spoken 100 years ago by the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, who remarked at the time: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Organisations including the BBC and the Royal British Legion have already pledged their support, and iconic buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, the Eden Project, the Imperial War Museums and Tower Bridge will turn off their lights.

Cirencester Parish Church will be holding a commemorative ceremony for the public from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, August 4 and asks anyone planning to attend to bring a candle.

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