West Oxfordshire District Council is taking part in a mass public ‘Lights Out’ to mark Britain officially entering the First World War in 1914.
Across the country, people are being invited to join together in a shared moment of reflection by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle.
Councillor Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member responsible for Communities, said,
“We fully support this simple act of remembrance to commemorate the beginning of World War One, an event that has had an enormous impact on our country and our local communities and is still very much in the hearts and minds of many people today.
“We are helping to publicise ‘Lights Out’ to towns, parishes and community groups in our district so that as many people as possible can participate.”
The large-scale event will echo the famous words spoken 100 years ago by the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey:
“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
The Government-backed initiative forms part of a wider Lights Out cultural programme to commemorate the centenary, and is funded by £10million lottery money.