Brent residents urged to turn out the lights to mark World War One 100th anniversary

Cllr James Denselow

Cllr James Denselow - Credit: Archant

Brent residents have been invited to participate in a commemorative event dubbed “lights out” to mark the landmark 100th year anniversary of the outbreak of World War One today.

Between 10pm and 11pm, the whole country is being encouraged to turn off lights, leaving on a single light for a shared moment of reflection.

Millions of people nationwide are expected to take part to mark the exact point in which Britain declared war on Germany a century ago – ushering in one of the darkest periods of the nation’s history.

Iconic buildings and landmarks such as Blackpool Illuminations, the Houses of Parliament, and Tower Bridge will be in darkness.

Brent Civic Centre will be turning off all non-essential lights.

Cllr James Denselow, lead member for stronger communities, said: “This is a great participatory event for the whole nation.

“It’s important that we mark the First World War in the appropriate manner and I’m pleased to see so many events in Brent to commemorate the war.

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“I hope as many businesses and residents will take part in the Lights Out Event”.