Lights Out to mark 100 years since start of First World War


Residents in Boston are being urged to mark the centenary of the First World War by switching off all bar one of their lights as part of a poignant nationwide project.

Across the country ‘Lights Out’ will be an hour of shared reflection for the country from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, August 4 - 100 years after Britain joined the conflict.

Boston Borough Council will leave just a single light burning in its buildings and will light a candle to burn for the hour at the War Memorial in Memorial Gardens.

Boston Police Cadets will maintain a vigil over the candle for the hour.

A service of commemoration will take place in Memorial Gardens at 11am on August 4 and a vigil service will take place at 7pm at The Stump.

Borough council leader Peter Bedford said: “I am appealing for all who live and do business in the borough to observe the lights out hour and leave just a single light on, displayed through a window.

“Single lights dotted throughout the town and villages will have a real poignancy and will demonstrate our gratitude for the actions of those who made such sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy today.”

At the same time a candlelit vigil will be kept at Westminster Abbey and other landmarks including Blackpool Illuminations, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge.

Across the county, Lincoln Castle will take part in Lights Out, as will Lincolnshire County Council’s offices.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for culture and heritage, said: “A hundred years ago, the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey famously remarked that the lamps were going out all over Europe, as Britain declared war on Germany.

“What followed was one of the darkest periods of our history, and this event is a way to remember the sacrifices of all those involved.”

In Fishtoft a single-light vigil will be led by Coun Helen Staples at the village war memorial.