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Bracknell's lights-out to mark WW1 centenary

Published: 4 Aug 2014 11:000 comments

LIGHTS are going out tonight across Bracknell to mark the centenary of British involvement in the First World War.

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Buildings will turn their lights out between 10pm and 11pm today (Monday) as part of an initiative organised by the Royal British Legion (RBL). August 4 marks the 100th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany.

A number of libraries, community and youth centres will be left in the dark, along with Easthampstead Park Crematorium and Times Square.

A single candle or light will be left on in each building, to commemorate the shared moment of reflection.

The aim is to light a candle for every one of the one million British servicemen who lost their lives during the four-year conflict.

Official Legion candles are available at £4 from Marks and Spencer stores – £1.60 from every sale will be donated to the Royal British Legion 2014 Poppy Appeal – but any safe candle will do.

South Hill Park will host a special event, featuring live music and local school children’s art work.

It will run from 9.30pm to 10.30pm. The cast of ‘Oh What A Lovely War’, which was recently held at the venue, will sing on the night.

Sandhurst and District Corps of Drums will lead a candlelit service at The Memorial in Memorial Park, Sandhurst, at 9pm on Monday.

Members of the RBL, war veterans and youth groups have been invited to attend and members of the public are also welcome to join in.

Sandhurst mayor and centenary committee chairwoman, Cllr Pauline McKenzie, said: “It will be a service with the right tone, theme and religious touches that meet with the correct atmosphere for the occasion.”

Binfield Royal British Legion is holding a commemorative service on Monday.

Residents and ex-servicemen’s organisations are invited to convene at the Binfield Memorial Hall in time for 10pm to take part in the ceremony.

All Saints’ Church, in Ascot, is holding a First World War commemorative service on Monday, starting at 7pm.

The church will remain open for the rest of the week for people to visit for times of private prayer and reflection.

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