Video and pictures: Caistor Lights Out

‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.’

The words of Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey when war broke out 100 years ago and the inspiration for a fitting commemoration to the 16 million lives lost in the four years of conflict.

Caistor Lights Out EMN-140608-104032001

Caistor Lights Out EMN-140608-104032001

And at 10pm on Monday, Caistor joined in Lights Out, a national act of reflection and hope organised by the Royal British Legion.

“We should remember those who gave their lives,” said Louis King, who, as chairman of the Legion’s Caistor Branch, organised the town’s event.

“It was a great sacrifice; conditions were dreadful in that war.”

Around 100 people came to the town’s war memorial to join in the hour-long event led by the Rev Canon Ian Robinson and the Rev Andrew Lomax.

And all ages went along to pay their respects and light candles.

One resident laid a single red rose to signify the young men who were denied any romance in their life; another scattered petals collected from the Royal Albert Hall Remembrance event and one young boy placed his toy car.