People in north east Fife are being encouraged to take part in ‘Lights Out’ to mark the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered the First World War.
Communities across the country are being invited to join the national commemoration event by turning their lights off between 10pm and 11pm on Monday, August 4, leaving a single light or candle on for a shared moment of reflection and hope.
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 life-time.”
Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on August 4, 1914, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history.
Fife Council is supporting ‘Lights Out’ and is encouraging all Fifers to do the same.
Councillor Charles Haffey, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “We’re very proud to be supporting this very special and poignant anniversary. Many Fifers lost their lives during the Great War and even now there is a strong affiliation between Fife and the armed forces.
“We’ll be switching off the lights in our main buildings between 10pm and 11pm on August 4. I’d encourage as many people as possible to do the same and take time to reflect and mark the moment when the ‘lamps went out all over Europe’ at the start of the First World War.”
Provost of Fife, Councillor Jim Leishman, added his support. saying: “We’ve all either lost, or know someone who has lost, a loved one as a result of war. This will be a moment of quiet reflection when we all come together to remember.”