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Shine a light for heroes of WW1

A famous war time quote referred to lamps going out all over Europe. Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey added, in August, 1914, "We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime".

He made his famous statement as Britain's ultimatum to Germany was about to expire, plunging us into the First World War.

LIGHTS OUT is an invitation for everyone to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War by turning their lights out... all except one, for a shared national moment of reflection from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, August 4.

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. (See links on the right for more details of planned events and how to share them via Twitter and Facebook).

At the same time a candlelit vigil will be kept at Westminster Abbey.

Cllr Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council, 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."

Those who join in LIGHTS OUT will be among people across the four nations, and will be part of official commemorations of the centenary.

If you belong to a group or organisation planning to mark the event in your own special way could you please let the council know. Contact Pauline Chapman, 01205 314492 or email

Events of public interest will feature on a national LIGHTS OUT website: Lights Out 4 Aug 2014