East Lothian urged to support Lights Out

Iain Gray MSP

Iain Gray MSP

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East Lothian politicians Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP are urging local people to take part in commemorations to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

They are supporting the Lights Out campaign, which is inviting people across the UK to switch off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on August 4 and light a single candle in a shared moment of national reflection.

The moment will mark a century since Britain declared war on Germany and formally entered the First World War at 11pm on August 4, 1914.

The Lights Out campaign is inspired by the words of the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, who famously remarked on the outbreak of the war: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Millions of people across the UK are expected to take part in Lights Out, which will see hundreds of public buildings and landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and Blackpool Illuminations, also turning out their lights.

Mr Gray said: “The First World War was a conflict that changed Britain forever. It touched every family, affected every community and fundamentally altered our country’s place in the world.

“The centenary anniversary is a unique opportunity for us to commemorate those who served and sacrificed for us on the frontline and the home front and to think about the profound impact the war had on our society.

“I hope people across East Lothian will join in with the Lights Out campaign and turn out their lights between 10pm and 11pm on August 4.

“With the busy lives we lead today, the simple act of pausing, switching off the lights and lighting a candle will be a very powerful tribute.”

Lights Out is being supported by Poppyscotland, Marks & Spencer and Johnston Press, publishers of the East Lothian News and Musselburgh News.

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