The Royal British Legion branch in Little Common Branch is holding a short candlelit vigil on Monday August 4 , as part of a national moment of reflection to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the date Great Britain entered the First World War.
In 1914, Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, told the nation: “The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not seem them lit again in our lifetime.”
The vigil will be in the Gillham Room, at the club in Meads Avenue. Doors will be open from 8pm and the evening will commence with music from the 1914-1918 era, played by the legion band through until 10pm. Tables will be available for general relaxation to enjoy the music, so visitors can join in the sing-song or even take to the dance floor. There will be a break for refreshments between 8.45-9.45pm when the raffle will be drawn. The lights will be turned off at 10pm with a single candle lit to allow for a moment of reflection to mark this Centenary. The poem, “In Flanders Fields” will be read during this period. Entrance fee will be £1 per person and raffle tickets will be on sale. Members invite members of the public to join them.