Lights out for WW1 memorial


Residents are being encouraged to light their homes with only a single candle for an hour to commemorate 100 years of the First World War.

The symbolic act takes place on Monday 4th August, between 10pm and 11pm and was inspired by a speech made by the former British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again.”

St John’s Church in Mansfield, Southwell Minster and St Simon & St Jude Church in Rainworth are each holding events to mark the occasion.

St John’s Church will hold a free exhibition to remember the fallen on 4th August from 10am to 5pm. It reopens from 7pm to 7.30pm, with a short Service of Remembrance at 7.30pm.

At Southwell Minster, on 3rd August at 3.30pm, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, will light the first of 13 commemorative candles in preparation for a day of reflection.

People will also be invited to Southwell Minster to light a candle as they reflect on the outbreak of the First World War, where a large candle will be lit, people and their communities will be remembered and a minute’s silence observed.

The day will culminate with a vigil of words and music from 8pm to 9pm.

St Simon & St Jude Church will be open on 2nd August from 10am to noon with a display of memorabilia and film/powerpoint.

An act of commemoration will also take place at the memorial in the church grounds at noon. This will be repeated at Blidworth Methodist Church on Saturday, 9th August, with an act of commemoration at the memorial in Main Street.