Coldstream paused in its Civic Week celebrations for a period of reflection to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany on August 4, 1914.
As part of the country-wide ‘Lights Out’ event when people were asked to switch off their lights and burn a single candle, over 130 people paid silent tribute at Coldstream’s war memorial at 10pm on the Monday evening, as pipe Duncan Bell played a lament to those who had fallen during the war.
The first of 103 candles was lit by three year old Erin Sanderson with her dad Graham and her big brother Owen.
One of the organisers from Help Our Troops (HOT), Anne Marie McCall said afterwards: “Most people stayed in reflection silently until 10.30pm and the candles were put out at 11.30pm.”
The only ones that were left burning were those presented by Coldstream & District Community Council as they were the only ones not in glass jars and they were still burning on Tuesday morning.
“Honour Our Troops were overwhelmed at the response from the town, visitors, Coldstream Guards, principals, community council members, Presenting Coldstream Association and ex-service personnel, to mention only a few. We had thought that around 40 people wishing to partake would have been good, but were dumbstruck that over 130 people came down and lit candles as a family or as a group of friends together or as individuals. They raised £104.88 which will be divided between Honour Our Troops and RBLS Coldstream so that both charities benefit.
“Most importantly, young and old, creed and colour, near and far were brought together for one unified moment of reflection and respect.”