Ceremony to mark the “lights going out” and the beginning of WW1

ONE hundred years ago on 4 August war was declared by Britain and the then Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey uttered a phrase that has reverberated through history.

He said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”.

This coming Monday (4 August) at 8pm there will be a special service of remembrance at St Catherine’s Church, East Tilbury, close to the Coalhouse Fort car park

The service is part of the Royal British Legion’s Lights Out series of events nationwide and will include a service interspersed with songs and poems from the First World War era.

At dusk, after the service, the audience will be invited to process to Coalhouse Fort where the Last Post will be played.

Members of the audience will be offered the opportunity to light candles in remembrance of fallen friends and family which will all be extinguished after the Last Post has been played.

Special commemorative candles can also be bought at branches of Marks and Spencer with all profits going towards the work of The British Legion; these cost £4 each and are available at their tills.

The event will be part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s support for Coalhouse Fort and will provide local people with the chance to share in the Lights Out project.

Cllr Richard Speight, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “This is a year of commemoration for the whole nation as well as the borough as we remember and honour those who gave their lives in the Great War.

“It is wonderful that Coalhouse Fort – a community-led project that goes from strength to strength – has taken the initiative to mark the anniversary in this poignant way.”

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