THE lights will be out at Chichester District Council’s headquarters on Thursday, August 4, between 10pm and 11pm, to mark the hour that Britain entered the first world war, 100 years ago.
The council will be joining thousands of other organisations in the UK which will switch off their lights for an hour as a mark of respect, as part of the national ‘Lights Out’ event.
At 11pm on August 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history.
As the moment approached, the British foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey, made the famous remark: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
Leader of Chichester District Council, Heather Caird, said: “We must never forget what happened in World War I and how this event changed the world forever.
“As a council we want to show our support for the ‘Lights Out’ event, which is encouraging people to have a shared moment of reflection.
“We want to encourage other households and businesses to consider joining us in marking this moment, by switching off their lights for an hour.
“We also wanted to illustrate the impact of the first world war within the district and so our Novium Museum has launched ‘The Great War Brought Home’ exhibition.
“This brings to life the experiences of local people whose personal stories reveal the impact of World War I in the district.”