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MP Calls For Locals To Turn Their Lights Out

Monday August 4 2014

Dan Jarvis MP Dan Jarvis MP

A BARNSLEY MP has urged local people to turn their lights off and light a candle tonight to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.

Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, has given his support to the Lights Out campaign, which is inviting people across the UK to switch off their lights between 10pm and 11pm and light a single candle in a shared moment of national reflection.

The moment will mark precisely a century since Britain declared war on Germany and formally entered the First World War at 11pm on August 4, 1914.

Lights Out is inspired by the words of the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, who famously remarked on the outbreak of the war: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."

Millions of people across the UK are expected to take part, which will see hundreds of public buildings and iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and Blackpool Illuminations also turning out their lights.

Mr Jarvis said: "The centenary anniversary is a unique opportunity for us to commemorate those who served and sacrificed for us on the frontline and the home front.

"I hope people will join in and turn out their lights between 10pm and 11pm. With the busy lives we lead today, the simple act of pausing, switching off the lights and lighting a candle will be a very powerful tribute."

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Reply Posted by sue on Monday August 4 2014 at 16:44
what a lovely thing to do. Not sure how many families will do this in thier homes,but I know my mam will have a few tears,her dad was a desert rat and was killed when she was a child. It still effects her to this day. For all the national gatherings it would be nice if there,s a mention for the victims in the middle east and our soldiers out there.Time has gone on but the human race still cant live and let live. Politics and religion,the route to all thats bad,in my humble opinion.

Reply Posted by Disgruntled Nosy Neighbour on Monday August 4 2014 at 18:46
As the credit on the leccy meters runs down, the lights in many houses across the borough turn off. But today, nobody can tell who is skint or not.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 09:18
Yes they fought hard for our freedom only for you lot Dan (Labour) to join the union and transfer all our powers to Brussels.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 11:35
Yes Steveo and the Germans finally ended up on the winning side thanks to our spineless Politicians.???

Reply Posted by annon on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 12:23
And yet when i went out on my street at 10:30 the only house with a candle showing in there window was mine n the other houses were lit up like xmas trees. Lack of respect or lack of knowlege?? Either way im glad i was able to show my gratitude to those who sacrificed there freedom so we can have ours. Many of whom came from barnsley

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 17:24
My house lights out candle lit lost a distant relative who was either 15 or 16 they never found him he just has a plaque at loos.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 18:24
sadly guy@ you never paid your bill.

Reply Posted by True Red on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 19:51
What the s-- t are you on about steveo the 1st world war was fought between to empires who's only thought was to extend there territory it had nothing to do with freedom the needless loss of life could and should have been stopped before it escalated into one of the bloodiest conflicts the world had ever seen and what happened to our brave lads when they did come back after the war wage reduction poverty and starvation for a lot of the family's my grandmother lost three brothers her mother sent back there medals

Reply Posted by willy shakespear on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 23:16
Is this a dagger I see before me,alas poor orek I knew him well this better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.this the winter of discontent all for you steveo.

Reply Posted by sue on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 23:21
Oooer willy! A bit of culture and finesse! Nice! Int orek a hoover?

Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 23:24
Its Yorick. Funny. Lol.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday August 7 2014 at 08:51
Where they Barnsley pals,and have you researched the brothers and lastly losing the medals and death plaques leaves a big hole for your family history.

Reply Posted by I Carealot on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 21:37
All those lives lost and for what so three dictators could come to power after the war to create a greater evil