ASHBOUNE is hosting a lights-out service to commemorate the Declaration of the First World War.
The candle-lit vigil will take place on Monday, August 4 at 9.30pm at the Memorial Gardens, where the names of Ashbourne’s 111 fallen soldiers will be read out.
A candle will be blown out as each name is read, and the service will end in darkness, joining the rest of the UK who are being invited to take part by turning out their lights from 10pm to 11pm
Landmarks such as the Blackpool Illuminations, the Houses of Parliament and Durham Cathedral are all set to support the event by turning off their many lights.
“Lights out” is being organised by 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the First World War Centenary Commemorations.
The inspiration for the event comes from the famous remark made by the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, on the eve of the outbreak of the war: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; W shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.
There are also a number of other Centenary Commemoration Events taking place in Ashbourne in the days leading up to “Lights Out”.
On Thursday, July 31, St Oswald’s Church Hall is hosting a talk by Dr Alun Thomas, entitled “The Three Armies” at 7.30pm.
On Friday, August 1 at the Empire Ballroom, local talent are providing an evening of entertainment, tickets for which are available from the Town Hall or Tourist Information Centre.
On Sunday, August 3 a re-enactment of the Declaration of the War will be read by MP Patrick Mcloughlin from the Town Hall balcony at 2.15pm. A service at St Oswald’s Church will follow at 3pm.
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