‘Lights out’ tribute marks war centenary

Royal British Legion Charity Candle
Royal British Legion Charity Candle

Local residents have been invited to join in a nostalgic tribute to mark the centenary of the declaration of war on Germany 100 years ago.

As part of a nationwide show of remembrance it is hoped communities across the district will support the ‘Lights Out’ appeal by switching lights off between 10 and 11pm on August 4 and placing a single candle or light at a window instead.

The idea from the WWI Centenary Arts Commission has the support of the Royal British Legion and in Scotland its parent charity Poppyscotland.

Residents in Linlithgow, Bo’ness and Queensferry are expected to mark the tribute, and many public venues are also taking part in the event, local councils have confirmed.

Poppyscotland’s Colin Flinn said: “Scotland made a hugely significant contribution to the First World War and there was not a community left untouched by its devastating impact.

“Lights Out is a simple yet powerful way for Scots to join the rest of the UK in a collective moment of commemoration to honour those who made the ultimate 
sacrifice while supporting those affected by the consequences of war today.”

‘Lights Out’ takes inspiration from the famous words of wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey who said on August 3, 1914: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our 

The British Legion is hoping one million candles across the UK will be lit on Monday evening. Limited edition centenary candles are available from M&S stores or online.