TODAY, on the centenary of the start of the First World War, Worcester will descend into darkness to remember the fallen.

The Faithful City will take part in the nationwide Lights Out campaign to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War in Britain.

Around Worcester, lights will be turned off between 10pm and 11pm, including in the grounds of the cathedral, at the Guildhall and County Hall, at city council offices in Farrier Street and the Sixways depot.

And residents in the city are being encouraged to take part in the act of remembrance.

At the Cathedral people wishing to pray specifically about the outbreak of the war and for other conflicts happening right now, can visit the St George Military Chapel in the Cathedral and light a candle of remembrance.

The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester, said: “The Cathedral turning the lights out in common with lots of other places across the country is one of the many ways we are commemorating the outbreak of the First World War.

“We look forward to the service here next Saturday, August 9.”
Adrian Hardman, leader of Worcestershire County Council, added: “We will act on behalf of the residents of Worcestershire when we turn the lights out and remember the fallen of the First World War.

“The single light from a candle is a poignant memory of all those who were lost in the Great War.”

The event has been organised by Worcester City Council.

The move mirrors the famous remark made by Sir Edward Grey, then British Foreign Secretary, one hundred years ago: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Duncan Sharkey, managing director of Worcester City Council, said: “We will be switching out lights at our offices as a mark of respect to the millions of people who lost their lives and who suffered during the First World War.

“The lessons learned from these events one hundred years ago must never be forgotten. I would encourage Worcester residents to join in between 10pm and 11pm and switch their lights out too, so as a city we can experience a shared moment of reflection.”

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