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.”