Lights Out.
Lights Out.

At 11 p.m. on Monday, August 4 the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 will be remembered in Angus when seven young citizens will extinguish a candle for their burgh at The Cross in Forfar.

The moment is part of the Angus LIGHTS OUT event, a national commemorative event where people and communities across the country are invited to turn off their lights to mark the moment when the ‘lamps went out over Europe’ at the start of the First World War.

As the clock strikes 11 p.m. Jonathan Fenwick (Forfar), Ryan Kopel (Kirriemuir), Kieran Pannell (Arbroath), Anna Bergen (Brechin), Natasha Lee (Carnoustie), Adam le Grice (Monifieth) and Gemma Everett (Montrose) will each extinguish the candle for their burgh, during the short open-air event.

The Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Georgiana Osborne, will extinguish a candle for Angus.

Angus residents are invited to attend the short open-air candlelit vigil at The Cross, which will begin at 10.45 p.m.

Angus Cultural Ambassadors Gleadhraich will play their ‘Song for the Lost’ at the vigil and Forfar Academy pupil Caitlin Adams will read Major John Macrae’s WW1 poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.

Extending an invitation to residents the Provost of Angus, Helen Oswald, said: “This national vigil will be a moment of quiet reflection, when communities across the country will gather in public places to mark the moment, when 100 years ago Britain went to war.

“In Angus seven of our young citizens will extinguish a candle for their burgh at 11 p.m. and during this quiet, symbolic moment we can all remember the sacrifice of our forbearers and the loss endured by each of our communities.”

The programme for the Angus vigil is as follows: 10.30 to 10.45 p.m. - assemble at The Cross, Forfar. 10.45 p.m. - service begins, led by Rev. Andy McCafferty, Honorary Chaplain to The Royal British Legion Forfar Branch; 11 p.m. - candles extinguished, followed by Last Post and one minute silence; 11.15 p.m. - prayer and blessing will close service.

To ensure the safety of participants attending the vigil, traffic will be diverted around The Cross between 10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m. and traffic will be stopped for around five minutes at 11 p.m.

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: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

Britain declared war on Germany at 11 p.m. on August 4, 1914 ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history.