The lights go out 100 years after the start of Great War

Poppyscotland is asking everyone in the country to switch off their lights between 10-11pm on Monday, August 4, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

During ‘Lights Out’ Poppyscotland and The Royal British Legion hope that candles will be lit at war memorials, community centres and homes in every village town and city. A national candlelight vigil will also take place on the evening of Monday, August 4, at Westminster Abbey.

‘Lights Out’ takes its inspiration from the famous words of wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who remarked on August 3, 1914: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

Poppyscotland’s Head of Fundraising, Colin Flinn, said: “Scotland made a hugely significant contribution to the First World War and there was not a community left untouched by its devastating impact.

“Lights Out is a simple, yet powerful concept that will enable Scots to join the rest of the UK in a collective moment of commemoration to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, while supporting those affected by the consequences of war today.”

To support ‘Lights Out’ limited edition centenary candles will be available from Marks & Spencer from Friday, July 4, in stores and online and all profits from sales in Scotland will be donated to Poppyscotland to support the charity’s vital work with members of the Armed Forces, past and present, and their families.

Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks & Spencer said: “We are very proud to be participating in this national moment of commemoration.”