Lights Out: First World War Centenary


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The Independent Online

These extraordinary images show lights going out across Britain last night as the country united to mark the eve of the First World War 100 years ago.

Landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral all went dark from 10pm, as the UK was urged to leave just one light on or candle burning for an hour approaching the declaration of war.

The “Lights Out” project, organised by the Royal British Legion, was inspired by a famous comment made by the then Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, shortly before the war began on 4 August 1914.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe,” Sir Edward said. “We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”