Single light for First World War reflection


A single light for a shared moment of reflection on the centenary of the outbreak of The First World War will remain on at East Lindsey District Council’s Tedder Hall headquarters on August 4.

The single light will be left on in the office of council leader Doreen Stephenson.

Between 10-11pm on August 4, lights will go out across the UK with single lights/candles left on for a moment of reflection as part of the Lights Out project – part of the cultural programme 14-18 Now initiated by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

Civic buildings, landmarks, war memorials and businesses will all take part in Lights Out as well as households across the UK and Europe. The project will complement a candlelit vigil at Westminster Abbey taking place at the same time.

Coun Stephenson said: “At 11pm on August 4, 1914 Britain declared war on Germany, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history. We will be taking part in this important and poignant project to remember all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the families left behind.

“As time goes on and people with direct memories are lost it is more important than ever that younger generations take time to learn about their history and what conflicts such as this contributed to the lives they lead right now. Lights Out gives everyone time to reflect on this.”

Project organisers are working closely with the Royal British Legion whose volunteers are organising candlelit gatherings across the UK. To find more information on these, and other Lights Out moments taking place, visit

In August 1914, as Britain’s ultimatum to Germany was about to expire, Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Gray said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”