Events at war memorials in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 100 years after the conflict began

Candlelight in Bournemouth marks centenary of the declaration of war in 1914. Photo by Hattie Miles

A wreath laid at the war memorial in Poole. Photo by Sian Court

Soft candlelight in Bournemouth. Photo by Hattie Miles

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A CENTURY after the world was plunged into the horror of the Great War, Dorset residents remembered those who fought in the conflict.

In Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, hundreds turned out to pay their respects with the first-ever national Lights Out event on Monday night.

  • See pictures from events in Bournemouth and Poole here

After dark fell, members of the public and councillors gathered at war memorials to light a single candle for a shared moment of reflection.

From 10pm to 11pm, attendees heard readings, music and poetry in Bournemouth, while in Poole Park, the memorial was illuminated with light.

In the Civic Centre, the lights were turned off at 10pm, although a single lantern shone from the window of the mayor’s office.

Christchurch residents gathered in Saxon Square from 8pm until 10pm for a programme of music, poetry and art in remembrance of the war.

The event was inspired by a famous remark made on the eve of the outbreak of war by the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

At the Bournemouth commemoration, dignitaries from the town – including the Mayor, Councillor Chris Mayne, Chaplain Roger Marley and President of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation Ivor Weintroub – gave readings.

Majid Yasin, Imam and Director of the Bournemouth Islamic Centre and Central Mosque, also read from the Quran in Arabic.

Speaking at the close of the evening, Cllr Mayne said: “So many people went into the unknown, many never to return.

“We must never forget.”

Lights at thousands of buildings, landmarks and institutions across the UK were dimmed during the evening, including Blackpool Illuminations, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Tate and more.

In Wimborne, more than 300 people gathered at the Minster Green to pay their respects.

MP Annette Brooke and town and district councillors joined members of the Royal British Legion and residents of the town to remember the 164 Wimborne men who lost their lives during the conflict.

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1:27am Tue 5 Aug 14

M0Z says...

The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.
The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time. M0Z
  • Score: 1

8:20am Tue 5 Aug 14

hamworthygirl says...

M0Z wrote:
The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.
I said exactly the same houses in my road pretty much all in darkness but street lights blazing. It was only for an hour and im sure people could cope with that they did in the war.
[quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.[/p][/quote]I said exactly the same houses in my road pretty much all in darkness but street lights blazing. It was only for an hour and im sure people could cope with that they did in the war. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 1

9:43am Tue 5 Aug 14

failte says...

I would rather safety with street light on than darkness for something that happened a hundres years ago.
I would rather safety with street light on than darkness for something that happened a hundres years ago. failte
  • Score: -9

10:33am Tue 5 Aug 14

Norman Stansfield says...

Less is often more with this sort of thing. I hope the BBC are not going to force feed us with WW1 like a Picardy Goose for the next 4 years. It'll put people off. A few, select days will be plenty I think. Too much will turn people's curiousity away from what is probably the most important event for society since the 1688 Revolution.
Less is often more with this sort of thing. I hope the BBC are not going to force feed us with WW1 like a Picardy Goose for the next 4 years. It'll put people off. A few, select days will be plenty I think. Too much will turn people's curiousity away from what is probably the most important event for society since the 1688 Revolution. Norman Stansfield
  • Score: -5

11:20am Tue 5 Aug 14

whataboutthat says...

"I hope the BBC are not going to force feed us with WW1 like a Picardy Goose for the next 4 years" - oh they will Norman, they will, and all the others echo and follow suit. Meanwhile, over in Gaza...
"I hope the BBC are not going to force feed us with WW1 like a Picardy Goose for the next 4 years" - oh they will Norman, they will, and all the others echo and follow suit. Meanwhile, over in Gaza... whataboutthat
  • Score: 0

11:42am Tue 5 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

In the middle of Bournemouth, there were lights ablaze in almost every room. I guess that's because the place is full of foreign nationals and students who are somehow unaware of the history or aren't bothered because they were not affected. Did nobody tell them?

Our candle was lit, but I bet nobody noticed, nor even cared.
In the middle of Bournemouth, there were lights ablaze in almost every room. I guess that's because the place is full of foreign nationals and students who are somehow unaware of the history or aren't bothered because they were not affected. Did nobody tell them? Our candle was lit, but I bet nobody noticed, nor even cared. speedy231278
  • Score: 0

11:46am Tue 5 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

whataboutthat wrote:
"I hope the BBC are not going to force feed us with WW1 like a Picardy Goose for the next 4 years" - oh they will Norman, they will, and all the others echo and follow suit. Meanwhile, over in Gaza...
...a Jihadist group called Hamas has vowed to never recognise the state of Israel and to continue fighting against it until it is destroyed and replaced with an Islamic state. It's just a shame that all anyone will report is what Israel is doing to try and stop this from happening. If you want to blame anyone, blame the people who decided to create Israel back in the late 40s despite knowing what would happen....
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: "I hope the BBC are not going to force feed us with WW1 like a Picardy Goose for the next 4 years" - oh they will Norman, they will, and all the others echo and follow suit. Meanwhile, over in Gaza...[/p][/quote]...a Jihadist group called Hamas has vowed to never recognise the state of Israel and to continue fighting against it until it is destroyed and replaced with an Islamic state. It's just a shame that all anyone will report is what Israel is doing to try and stop this from happening. If you want to blame anyone, blame the people who decided to create Israel back in the late 40s despite knowing what would happen.... speedy231278
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12:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

whataboutthat says...

S;peedy231278 you really are an ignorant toad. 'Foreign nationals and students' you think they know nothing about European wars? As for your Israel stance that is equally uninformed.
S;peedy231278 you really are an ignorant toad. 'Foreign nationals and students' you think they know nothing about European wars? As for your Israel stance that is equally uninformed. whataboutthat
  • Score: 2

12:34pm Tue 5 Aug 14

keith milton says...

It's nothing more than a retrospective extension of the Help For Heroes BS - you know, TPTB parroting the transparent line of "Support Our Troops" rather than saying "Support Our Illegal Wars", because if they said the latter, the jingoistic half-wits who constitute a majority of Great britain's population might actually start to THINK THINGS OUT for themselves. And that, of course, would never do.
They are commemorating the start of it as a way of gloating over their ability to manipulate tens of millions to go and die for them in their little games and to gloat over the death toll and to celebrate the fact that 100 years later they are still getting away with it.
It's nothing more than a retrospective extension of the Help For Heroes BS - you know, TPTB parroting the transparent line of "Support Our Troops" rather than saying "Support Our Illegal Wars", because if they said the latter, the jingoistic half-wits who constitute a majority of Great britain's population might actually start to THINK THINGS OUT for themselves. And that, of course, would never do. They are commemorating the start of it as a way of gloating over their ability to manipulate tens of millions to go and die for them in their little games and to gloat over the death toll and to celebrate the fact that 100 years later they are still getting away with it. keith milton
  • Score: -1

12:55pm Tue 5 Aug 14

TalkToTheTrees says...

M0Z wrote:
The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.
The article talks about what councils did. Have you not read it before commenting? Turning off street lights means removing fuses from individual lights. Cue complaints of wasting taxpayers money by paying council employees to remove the fuses from thousands of street lights.
[quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.[/p][/quote]The article talks about what councils did. Have you not read it before commenting? Turning off street lights means removing fuses from individual lights. Cue complaints of wasting taxpayers money by paying council employees to remove the fuses from thousands of street lights. TalkToTheTrees
  • Score: 2

1:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

KitKatPuss says...

Everyone needs to stop whinging and complaining.....if it wasn't for the brave men and women who fought for us we would now be living under a dictatorship and we wouldn't be enjoying the many freedoms we have today!

Respect to the fallen x
Everyone needs to stop whinging and complaining.....if it wasn't for the brave men and women who fought for us we would now be living under a dictatorship and we wouldn't be enjoying the many freedoms we have today! Respect to the fallen x KitKatPuss
  • Score: 6

2:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

whataboutthat says...

KitKatPuss wrote:
Everyone needs to stop whinging and complaining.....if it wasn't for the brave men and women who fought for us we would now be living under a dictatorship and we wouldn't be enjoying the many freedoms we have today!

Respect to the fallen x
Another astute reading of history. Bravo!
[quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: Everyone needs to stop whinging and complaining.....if it wasn't for the brave men and women who fought for us we would now be living under a dictatorship and we wouldn't be enjoying the many freedoms we have today! Respect to the fallen x[/p][/quote]Another astute reading of history. Bravo! whataboutthat
  • Score: 2

2:18pm Tue 5 Aug 14

M0Z says...

TalkToTheTrees wrote:
M0Z wrote:
The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.
The article talks about what councils did. Have you not read it before commenting? Turning off street lights means removing fuses from individual lights. Cue complaints of wasting taxpayers money by paying council employees to remove the fuses from thousands of street lights.
Of course I read the article, and I support those daytime ceremonies. But they could have at least turned the Pier lights off given their own promotion of the idea. I was out with a camera expecting to take some rare neon-free 'blackout' night shots, but no chance. I’ve lived here long enough to have seen many power cuts where either the street lights go out or the house lights go out, or both. There’s clearly a way of temporarily killing the street lights without going near individual fuses. Many councils are doing this routinely to save money. I’ve no idea why you think individual fuses need to be removed.
[quote][p][bold]TalkToTheTrees[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.[/p][/quote]The article talks about what councils did. Have you not read it before commenting? Turning off street lights means removing fuses from individual lights. Cue complaints of wasting taxpayers money by paying council employees to remove the fuses from thousands of street lights.[/p][/quote]Of course I read the article, and I support those daytime ceremonies. But they could have at least turned the Pier lights off given their own promotion of the idea. I was out with a camera expecting to take some rare neon-free 'blackout' night shots, but no chance. I’ve lived here long enough to have seen many power cuts where either the street lights go out or the house lights go out, or both. There’s clearly a way of temporarily killing the street lights without going near individual fuses. Many councils are doing this routinely to save money. I’ve no idea why you think individual fuses need to be removed. M0Z
  • Score: -1

2:59pm Tue 5 Aug 14

royeveleigh says...

First I knew of lights out was a poster on the gate post of Poole park. So I arrived about 10pm. The speaker had to check his notes to find out where he was. The artist was plugged so many times I thought the event was about them. By 10:30 I was so dissapointed I couldn't be bothered to stay for, yawn, the rest. In the age of high technology a mobile DJ could have done better. The speaker should have been better prepared. The only thing to grab my attention was two blokes running around in high viz vests like keystone cops!
First I knew of lights out was a poster on the gate post of Poole park. So I arrived about 10pm. The speaker had to check his notes to find out where he was. The artist was plugged so many times I thought the event was about them. By 10:30 I was so dissapointed I couldn't be bothered to stay for, yawn, the rest. In the age of high technology a mobile DJ could have done better. The speaker should have been better prepared. The only thing to grab my attention was two blokes running around in high viz vests like keystone cops! royeveleigh
  • Score: -3

3:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

royeveleigh says...

M0Z wrote:
TalkToTheTrees wrote:
M0Z wrote:
The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.
The article talks about what councils did. Have you not read it before commenting? Turning off street lights means removing fuses from individual lights. Cue complaints of wasting taxpayers money by paying council employees to remove the fuses from thousands of street lights.
Of course I read the article, and I support those daytime ceremonies. But they could have at least turned the Pier lights off given their own promotion of the idea. I was out with a camera expecting to take some rare neon-free 'blackout' night shots, but no chance. I’ve lived here long enough to have seen many power cuts where either the street lights go out or the house lights go out, or both. There’s clearly a way of temporarily killing the street lights without going near individual fuses. Many councils are doing this routinely to save money. I’ve no idea why you think individual fuses need to be removed.
Individual fuses don't need to be removed. Usually near a local transformer is an isolation box which can turn the lights out of entire streets in one go. People should really google before they pass comments as facts lol
[quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TalkToTheTrees[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.[/p][/quote]The article talks about what councils did. Have you not read it before commenting? Turning off street lights means removing fuses from individual lights. Cue complaints of wasting taxpayers money by paying council employees to remove the fuses from thousands of street lights.[/p][/quote]Of course I read the article, and I support those daytime ceremonies. But they could have at least turned the Pier lights off given their own promotion of the idea. I was out with a camera expecting to take some rare neon-free 'blackout' night shots, but no chance. I’ve lived here long enough to have seen many power cuts where either the street lights go out or the house lights go out, or both. There’s clearly a way of temporarily killing the street lights without going near individual fuses. Many councils are doing this routinely to save money. I’ve no idea why you think individual fuses need to be removed.[/p][/quote]Individual fuses don't need to be removed. Usually near a local transformer is an isolation box which can turn the lights out of entire streets in one go. People should really google before they pass comments as facts lol royeveleigh
  • Score: 2

4:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Gordon Cann says...

There is also.I dare to think, a relevant comment from'Yours truly' after the report 'Remembering our Heroes'

Simon Jenkins writing in the Guardian today is well worthreading
There is also.I dare to think, a relevant comment from'Yours truly' after the report 'Remembering our Heroes' Simon Jenkins writing in the Guardian today is well worthreading Gordon Cann
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Tue 5 Aug 14

s-pb2 says...

M0Z wrote:
The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.
"I haven’t seen a single council light turned off."

So you are actually saying that the council did not turn off a single light. So people from the council went around all their various buildings and turned every light on which otherwise would have been off.

I think you are telling a bit of a fib!
[quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.[/p][/quote]"I haven’t seen a single council light turned off." So you are actually saying that the council did not turn off a single light. So people from the council went around all their various buildings and turned every light on which otherwise would have been off. I think you are telling a bit of a fib! s-pb2
  • Score: 2

2:10am Wed 6 Aug 14

M0Z says...

s-pb2 wrote:
M0Z wrote:
The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.
"I haven’t seen a single council light turned off."

So you are actually saying that the council did not turn off a single light. So people from the council went around all their various buildings and turned every light on which otherwise would have been off.

I think you are telling a bit of a fib!
That’s not what I said at all. I’ve no idea if the council switched some lights off – but all the ones I could see remained on. That’s all I said, and I have photos to prove it. I never claimed any lights that were previously off were switched on. Please don’t make up complete nonsense and try to attribute it to me.
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: The council have been promoting the LIGHTS OUT remembrance for ages. I did my bit, but the council failed massively. I haven’t seen a single council light turned off. I can understand health & safety issues, but they didn’t even bother to switch off the lights on the piers – which were closed to the public at the time.[/p][/quote]"I haven’t seen a single council light turned off." So you are actually saying that the council did not turn off a single light. So people from the council went around all their various buildings and turned every light on which otherwise would have been off. I think you are telling a bit of a fib![/p][/quote]That’s not what I said at all. I’ve no idea if the council switched some lights off – but all the ones I could see remained on. That’s all I said, and I have photos to prove it. I never claimed any lights that were previously off were switched on. Please don’t make up complete nonsense and try to attribute it to me. M0Z
  • Score: -3

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