LIGHTS OUT in the Borders

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Borderers are being encouraged to help mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War tonight by taking part in the nationwide LIGHTS OUT event between 10pm and 11pm.

In what organisers hope will be one of the most dramatic UK-wide events ever organised, people are being asked to turn off their lights, leaving on just a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

The inspiration for LIGHTS OUT comes from a famous remark made on the eve of the outbreak of the Great War by the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

British Embassies and High Commissions around the world will also be taking part in LIGHTS OUT by lighting a candle at 11pm local time and posting pictures of their candles on Twitter. In this way, the image of the lit candle will travel around the world.

If you plan to take part in the vigil, send us your photographs, along with a few words of what the event means to you, by 5pm tomorrow (August 5) and we’ll include them in this week’s paper and online.

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