Lights Out to commemorate centenary

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Veterans’ charity Poppyscotland is calling for households in Scotland to join the rest of the UK in taking part in ‘Lights Out’, a new initiative to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Communities across the country are being invited to switch off their lights between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on August 4, the date Britain entered the War 100 years ago, and illuminate their homes with a single candle or light.

The campaign is being delivered in Scotland by Poppyscotland and in the rest of the UK by its parent charity The Royal British Legion. It is hoped that candles will be lit at war memorials, community centres and homes in every village, town and city.

It takes inspiration from the famous words of wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who remarked on August 3, 1914: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

It will complement a national candlelight vigil on the evening of August 4 at Westminster Abbey.

To support LIGHTS OUT, limited edition centenary candles are available to buy from Marks & Spencer stores and online. Profits from sales will be donated to Poppyscotland to support the charity’s vital work with members of the Armed Forces, past and present, and their families.