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Skegness stops to remember WW1

The Skegness Clock Tower face remained at 10pm for 12 hours to commemorate the outbreak of World War One.

The Skegness Clock Tower face remained at 10pm for 12 hours to commemorate the outbreak of World War One.

 

Skegness Clock Tower was frozen in time from 10pm last night to 10am this morming (Tuesday, August 5) to remember those who lost their lives during World War One.

On August 4, 1914 lights across Britain started to go out as we prepared to go to war with Germany.

A century later the lights of Skegness Illuminations were extinguished for an hour to echo the words of 1914’s Foreign Secretary, Edward Gray: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

Illuminations came back on after 11pm after a candle lit vigil was held last night but the clock Tower face remained at 10pm for 12 hours, to allow for continued reflection.

Skegness Coun Steve O’Dare said: “It was very important to hold a candlelit vigil in sight of the clock tower.

To my knowledge, in 55 years of living in the town it is the first time that the clock has been stopped to commemorate an event and I think that it is a hugely fitting tribute to the 71 sons of Skegness who gave their lives during World War One.”

 

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