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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 so. 

 

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 on.


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:
http://www.1418now.org.uk/whats-on/lights-out/

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