Search

First World War: Havering Council to take part in Lights Out

10:01 04 August 2014

Military vehicles went on show on Saturday at Daymns Hall Aerodrome as part of Havering

Military vehicles went on show on Saturday at Daymns Hall Aerodrome as part of Havering's First World War commemorations (Picture: Steve Poston)

Archant

Havering Council today joins public institutions and individuals across the country in marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by throwing its buildings into darkness.

Several events are taking place across the borough to mark 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany.

Participation in the UK-wide Lights Out initiative and a multi-faith civic ceremony at St Edwards Church comprise Havering’s main commemorations.

Between 10-11pm, officials will switch off lights at public buildings as part of a national activity inspired by foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey’s comments at the outbreak of the conflict.

In August 1914, he said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

The St Edward’s Church ceremony, in the Market Place, Romford, begins at 7.30pm and will see Father David Anderson and Rabbi Lee Sunderland leading residents in remembering those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Other events include a special service outside the Hornchurch war memorial remembering soldiers from the area and four Maori service personnel who died in Hornchurch during the war.

No 10 Downing Street and councils across the country are among public bodies taking part in Lights Out, in which individuals are also encouraged to participate.

• Pick up Friday’s copy of the Recorder for full coverage of commemorative activities across the borough.

Read more:

First World War centenary: Community musical Paper Planes is a joy to watch and triumphantly celebrates the life of Sutton’s Farm pilot William Leefe Robinson
First World War: Heroic Hornchurch pilot celebrated in new play

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:10
Harold Wood Cricket Club in Mallorca

Tom Clarke from the Harold Wood Cricket Club writes about their recent trip to Mallorca.

Yesterday, 15:43
Brownies and their leaders outside London World Centre

Although winter is approaching it doesn’t stop our girls from getting out and about!

Yesterday, 14:35
Police want to speak to this man after a couple were tricked into giving £24,000 to fraudsters. Picture: Essex Police

Pensioners conned out of thousands purchased a Rolex watch as part of an elaborate scam.

Yesterday, 12:50
David Dimbleby will be joined by five guests

Comedian Jo Brand, former education secretary Michael Gove and shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna will be among Question Time panellists when the show comes to Harold Hill tomorrow.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Up to 3,000 people took to the streets of London in vigils for Mike Brown which turned into a protest march down Oxford Street.

The NHS have introduced a new pill for those who struggle to screw the lid back on that bottle of wine.

Today the doctor has received an eight-year sentence for a string of offences.