A Century on – Stockport Remembers the Start of World War 1

RESIDENTS across the whole borough of Stockport are being asked to swith their lights off between 10pm and 11pm on Monday to commemorate 100 years since World War 1 started.

The Lights Out project will mark the exact time when Britain declared war on Germany.

As the moment approached, the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey made the famous remark: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

Stockport Mayor, Councillor Kevin Hogg, said: “We hope that residents and businesses in Stockport will join us in this important commemoration by turning their lights out and leaving on a single light or candle between 10pm and 11.”

Stockport Town Hall will also be participating in the effort and there will be a commemorative centenary dance taking place from 7.30pm to 11.00pm offering an evening of 50/50 ballroom and sequence dancing and a sing a-long with the Wurlitzer.

The project marks the official start of commemorations of the First World War centenary in Stockport.

Events will be taking place in libraries, museums and community spaces over the next four years.

Also on Monday, the Friends of Woodbank, Vernon and Poise Parks will be hosting a candlelight procession and act of remembrance in front of the entrance to Woodbank Memorial Park. Stockport Art Gallery and War Memorial will be open until 11pm for quiet reflection and commemoration and will be participating in the effort

More information can be found at www.stockport.gov.uk/ww1