Lights Out in Bedford Borough
LIGHTS OUT is an invitation to everyone in the UK to
turn off their lights from 10pm until 11pm on Monday 4th August,
leaving on a single light to mark the hour, 100 years ago, that
Britain entered World War 1.
Bedford Borough Council will be switching off the lights at
Borough Hall, and other Council buildings, and is encouraging
residents and local businesses to do the same, switching lights out
in their homes and business premises, if it is safe to do
A nationwide, shared moment of reflection, it is hoped that
Lights Out will become one of the largest participatory events of
its kind ever seen in the UK.
For those Bedford Borough Residents who would like to gather to
share this very special hour, The Higgins Bedford will play host to
a Lights Out event.
Open from 8pm, the Higgins’ Lights Out ceremony at 10pm will
include a 2 minute silence followed by readings, music and
poems. Guests are also invited to contribute to a Lights Out
exhibition by writing a letter either to a family member who served
in the war, or to the ‘unknown soldier’. Letters will be
displayed during the evening.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Lights Out
offers a very special opportunity to reflect on the moment we
entered the First World War, and to take a moment to remember those
who fought and fell for their Country. We hope that Bedford
Borough residents will support Lights Out whether at home or by
joining us at The Higgins Bedford.”
The single light left on could be as simple as a lamp, a
stairwell light, an outdoor uplighter or one office light left
LIGHTS OUT is the headline project of the cultural programme 14 –
18 NOW initiated by the Department for Culture, Media &
Sport. For more info on Lights Out please go to: