Chichester District Council gives support for hour of darkness

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LIGHTS will be put out at a council’s headquarters to mark the hour that Britain entered the First World War 100 years ago.

Chichester District Council will be one of many organisations which will switch off their lights for an hour as a mark of respect.

The Lights Out event, supported by The News, is being organised by the Department of Culture and coincides with a candlelit vigil at Westminster Abbey.

At 11pm on August 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history. The lights out event takes place between 10am and 11pm on Monday, August 4.

As the moment approached, the British foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey, made the famous remark: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.’