Call to turn off lights as part of First World War centenary

"The lamps are going out all over Europe"


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Hounslow’s deputy leader has urged residents to turn off their lights on 4 August as part of a national campaign to mark the start of First World War 100 years ago.  

Cllr Amrit Mann, said: “The LIGHTS OUT campaign is a poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice paid by hundreds of thousands during the First World War.  The council will be turning its LIGHTS OUT at the Civic Centre and other buildings and I would invite residents to also take part in this special campaign.”  

Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection. People can take part in whatever way they choose, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War either individually or by attending one of the many events being organised around the country for a collective experience.  

The project is being organised by 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the First World War Centenary Commemorations.  

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 11pm on 4 August 1914 ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history.  

As well as the Civic Centre other public buildings taking part include:  

  • Chiswick Town Hall
  • Chiswick Library
  • Brentford Library
  • Bedfont Library
  • Hogarth's House
  • Boston Manor House
  • Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre
  • Isleworth Leisure Centre
  • Osterley Sports and Athletics Centre
  • Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre

There are also other First World War related events happening in the borough which can be found at

Millions of people are expected to participate in LIGHTS OUT and hundreds of local authorities, iconic buildings, national organisations including the BBC and the Royal British Legion, parish councils and places of worship have already pledged their support. Iconic buildings and landmarks such as Blackpool Illuminations, the Houses of Parliament, Eden Project, the Imperial War Museums and Tower Bridge will turn off their lights; the Royal British Legion has launched a campaign for at least one million candles to be lit across the UK and theatre productions including those of the National Theatre’s War Horse, both nationally and internationally, will invite their audiences to take part in LIGHTS OUT after their curtain calls.  

For details about LIGHTS OUT events in your area you can search the LIGHTS OUT map at:

July 25, 2014