Search

Lights to go off across Islington as World War I commemorations begin

08:20 04 August 2014

A WW1 commemoration will be held on Monday

A WW1 commemoration will be held on Monday

IWM

The lights are set to go off across the borough as the centenary commemorations of World War I begin today.

Islington Council want people switch off their bulbs between 10 and 11pm, and put a candle in the window, in honour of the 9,000 people from the borough who lost their lives during the great war.

Earlier in the day a service will take place at the borough’s largest great war memorial, in Manor Gardens, Holloway, and will include a one minute silence at 11am, exactly 100 years from the date and time conflict began in 1914.

The Islington Veterans Association will join the Mayor of Islington Cllr Theresa Debono and faith organisations to pay their respects to the 16million people who died across the globe during the first world war.

Members of the public are welcome to come along.

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “In the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, it’s never been more important to recognise the unique contribution of Islington’s armed forces personnel who fought for the freedoms we all enjoy today.

“To remember their sacrifice, on 4 August we’ll be turning the lights out in all our council buildings and encourage residents and businesses to do the same.”

The memorial service will include a special war songs performance by the Islington Council Choir, including Keep the Homes Fires Burning and Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag, both popular in the trenches.

For more details visit www.islington.gov.uk/ww1centenary.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

10:18

Islington footballers are out in force to support a young player in his battle against cancer.

07:00

The leader of the trader’s group around flood-hit Camden Passage has urged the people of Islington to help them rebuild – by going shopping.

Yesterday, 18:16

Charity bosses are “completely perplexed” after being repeatedly knocked back in their bid to buy the Clerkenwell fire station site.

Yesterday, 17:01

The RSPCA is investigating a “sickening” cat attack in Barnsbury on Saturday night.

Yesterday, 14:48

Parents worried about neighbour noise complaints covered their baby’s cot with a blanket – with tragic results.

Yesterday, 11:09

Winston Douglas, commander at Upper Street fire station, retires next week after 32 years of service. He looks back on his career, which started at Clerkenwell fire station, with the Gazette.

Yesterday, 08:36

An Islington Karate Club is fighting for its future amid fears of possible closure.

Tue, 17:44

A row broke out at a “leader’s question time” event when an annoyed council tenant brandished a letter requesting a private valuation of her home.

PROMOTED CONTENT

If your favourite pair of shoes are on their way out, you might be thinking of throwing them away.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now