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Lights On for World War One Centenary

Lights On for World War One Centenary

Thursday 31 July 2014

Lights On for World War One Centenary

Thursday 31 July 2014

Islanders are invited to take part in a Ceremony of Light to commemorate 100 years since the start of WW1.

The ceremony will take place in the Royal Square on Mondayfrom 9-11pm and will include war recitals, music from the Band of the Island of Jersey and the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers, and a candlelight lantern parade.

His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir John McColl; the Bailiff, Sir Michael Birt; and the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, will take part in the ceremony which commemorates the moment when Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago.

The Bailiff, Sir Michael Birt, said: “I hope that as many Islanders as possible will join together for this important and moving ceremony in the Royal Square to reflect and remember the start of the First World War one hundred years ago.”

Lord Faulks QC, Minister of State for Justice will also be attending the ceremony during an official visit to the Island from the UK.

Tickets are free and can be obtained from the Bailiff’s Chambers in the Royal Square or from Jersey Tourism. There will be seats for 1,700 plus standing room.

The ceremony takes its theme from the famous quote by Sir Edward Gray, British Foreign Secretary, August 1914: “The lights are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Islanders who are unable to attend are invited to observe the Lights Out Campaign run by the Royal British Legion. To do this, turn off all but one light in your home between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August.

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