Mark Tami MP Calls for People to Turn Their Lights Out to Mark WW1

Mark Tami MP has urged local people to take part in commemorations to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War by turning out their lights on 4 August.

The Alyn & Deeside MP was speaking in support of the Lights Out campaign, which is inviting people across the UK to switch off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August and light a single candle in a shared moment of national reflection.

The moment will mark precisely a century since Britain declared war on Germany and formally entered the First World War at 11pm on 4 August 1914.

Mark Tami MP said, ‘I hope people across Alyn & Deeside will join the Lights Out commemorative event for the outbreak of the First World War.’

‘No community was left untouched by the conflict and Britain was changed forever.’

The Lights Out campaign is inspired by the words of the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, who famously remarked on the outbreak of the war: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.’

Millions of people across the UK are expected to take part in Lights Out, which will see hundreds of public buildings and iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and Blackpool Illuminations also turning out their lights.

The project is being organised by 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the First World War Centenary Commemorations, with particular support from the Royal British Legion.