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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)

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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.

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