Turn off lights for candlelight tribute to remember World War One outbreak

VENUE: The Russell Cotes museum and, left, mayor Cllr Chris Mayne

VENUE: The Russell Cotes museum and, left, mayor Cllr Chris Mayne

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RESIDENTS are invited to turn their lights out and join in a candlelit commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War during August.

The Lights Out initiative asks people to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on August 4, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

A number of prominent council buildings will be taking part, including the town hall, Russell Cotes art gallery and museum, Bourn-emouth library and tourist information centre.

And the Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Chris Mayne will attend a candlelit commemoration at the War Memorial from 10pm to 11pm. This will include a time of shared reflection, readings, poetry and music.

The inspiration for Lights Out comes from a famous remark made on the eve of the outbreak of war by the then Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Mayne said: “The Lights Out event provides the people of Bournemouth with an opportunity to reflect and remember a poignant time in our history.

“I am proud that Bournemouth Borough Council is taking part in this national campaign and I urge residents across the borough to participate, by taking part at home or with neighbours, or by joining us at our shared commemoration at the War Memorial.

“Bournemouth will also remember those who lost their lives with an open air civic service on the morning of August 4 at Pier Approach.”

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6:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

kinsonjim says...

Do we really still have to commemorate a terrible war which cost so many young lives on both sides. Not to metion the thousands of young girls who were left on their own.. Come on, give it a rest. It is now 'history'.
Do we really still have to commemorate a terrible war which cost so many young lives on both sides. Not to metion the thousands of young girls who were left on their own.. Come on, give it a rest. It is now 'history'. kinsonjim
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12:51pm Wed 16 Jul 14

KitKatPuss says...

kinsonjim wrote:
Do we really still have to commemorate a terrible war which cost so many young lives on both sides. Not to metion the thousands of young girls who were left on their own.. Come on, give it a rest. It is now 'history'.
We need to remember and commemorate a war where people defended our freedom and liberties......to say thank you to those who made the ultimate sacrifice....all wars are terrible and nobody wants them.....however even though as you say this is 'history' we still need to remember our mistakes to ensure they don't happen again....history shapes all that we do today....show some respect
[quote][p][bold]kinsonjim[/bold] wrote: Do we really still have to commemorate a terrible war which cost so many young lives on both sides. Not to metion the thousands of young girls who were left on their own.. Come on, give it a rest. It is now 'history'.[/p][/quote]We need to remember and commemorate a war where people defended our freedom and liberties......to say thank you to those who made the ultimate sacrifice....all wars are terrible and nobody wants them.....however even though as you say this is 'history' we still need to remember our mistakes to ensure they don't happen again....history shapes all that we do today....show some respect KitKatPuss
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12:28pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Gordon Cann says...

This is a difficult subject but my view is and has been that this is best left to the annual service of rememberance on November 11 th.

In no sense can the present generation be held in any way responsible for the slaughter that took place , but what it can be responsible for is the way the cost of two aircraft carriers has risen fro £3.6.million to £6.2 million- why we took military action against Iraq and it would be very nice touch to me if alongside the Union Jack on the Town Hall the flag of the European Union was also flying.
This is a difficult subject but my view is and has been that this is best left to the annual service of rememberance on November 11 th. In no sense can the present generation be held in any way responsible for the slaughter that took place , but what it can be responsible for is the way the cost of two aircraft carriers has risen fro £3.6.million to £6.2 million- why we took military action against Iraq and it would be very nice touch to me if alongside the Union Jack on the Town Hall the flag of the European Union was also flying. Gordon Cann
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