‘Lights Out’ to commemorate the start of the First World War

The Isle of Wight Council will take part in a national event on 4 August as part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Lights Out

This in from the council, in their own words. Ed

An event called ‘Lights Out’ is being held between 10pm and 11pm on Monday 4 August which will see buildings across the county turn off their lights for an hour of shared reflection of the Great War.

The mark the occasion, the council will turn off the lights on Newport’s guildhall building. Usually, the front of the building it lit up with display lights, and these will be switched off.

Lights on the three flags in County Hall’s car park will also be turned off during the evening.

Councillor Ian Stephens is leader of the council. He said:

“There are a number of events taking part across the Island to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war in 1914.

“Lights Out recreates what people went through during the war when enemy bombers flew overhead which must have been a terryfing ordeal.

“We are delighted to be taking part in this very worthwhile event on 4 August and hope many other people across the Island will also be marking the occasion at 10pm.”

Lights Out on 4th August
The organisers of Lights Out encourage everyone to take part in the UK by turning off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August, and leave just a single light or a candle on for the hour of reflection.

More information is available on its website.

Monday, 28th July, 2014 11:32am


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I turned on the news tonight and I cried. I saw what Israel’s war is doing in GAZA. I saw the blood and I saw the death inflicted on tiny babies and the blood of children and wondered WHY??? at this moment you are so caught up in the start of the worst war in history.If the lights are turned off let us all consider that Israel… Read more »


War, isn’t the word for it, we have indeed blown the fuse of our humanity and wander dis-eased in a dark age.

Mark Francis

Well said (again).
One might also bear in mind that the isle of Wight Rifles took their worst casualties(more than at Gallipoli)in the Second Battle of Gaza in the war to end all wars.

What was the point?

long in the tooth
We will never know what would have happened Mark if those that fought sat down and did nothing. No matter whether we agree with the Great War or not we should all give thanks for their bravery. Having had relatives who lost their lives in Gaza a moment of reflection and thanks is not a lot to give. I am appalled that my own local council (Bembridge)… Read more »
I tend to agree! One of the most poignant memories I have is visiting the WW1 and WW2 graveyards in Northern France where the degree of senseless slaughter of two generations by incompetent leaders on both sides really hits home. The sad thing is that not a lot has changed in 100 years. We have not learned the lessons. Young men are still being persuaded to volunteer… Read more »


Things* like, ‘economic conscription’, can be very…..persuasive. The Tyger* was never meant for commodification, alas…not so bright.

Mark Francis
During the Franco-Prussian war we did sit down & watch the Prussians pwn Louis Napoleon,since he was felt to be more of a threat . In WW1 both Britain & Germany were constitutional monarchies – which is more than could be said for Czarist Russia. The whole thing was supposedly to defend Serbia – who suffered the highest proportion of casualties. Germany considered a Franco- Russian Alliance… Read more »


The point?

As always, greed induced by fear.