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South Cumbria services remember the outbreak of the First World War

POIGNANT candlelight vigils were held across south Cumbria last night to mark the outbreak of the First World War.

The events, held exactly 100 years since war was declared, were signified with a final candle being extinguished at 11pm – the moment Britain’s ultimatum to Germany passed.

At Barrow Town Hall the Mayor’s parlour was illuminated with a single desk light.

Across the south of the county residents showed their respect by turning off all their lights from 10pm and displaying a single candle in their window.

It was to echo the famous remark attributed to then foreign secretary, Viscount Edward Grey, who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our time.”

In Dalton more than 100 residents gathered at the cenotaph as a prayer was read by Reverend Allan Mitchell, then a poem was followed by The Last Post and a minute of quiet reflection.

Those attending then placed their candles around the cenotaph in Station Road.

The town’s mayor Daniel Greaves said he had not expected such a turnout.

Speaking after the service he said: “We are overwhelmed with the turnout. We expected a low key affair but the response was amazing.

“It is especially prevalent that we remember the fallen at events like this and residents across Dalton have displayed information of about 180 of our fallen in windows throughout the town.”

The Millom branch of the Royal British Legion marked the centenary with candle lighting at the memorial from 10pm as part of their Lights Out campaign.

In Ulverston a candlelight service at the war memorial at Market Cross was well attended with in excess of 100 locals turning out to the service led by the Reverend Tony Wells and Brian Jones, the Ulverston British Legion padre.

South Lakeland District Council joined in the moment of commemorative reflection by switching off the lights at the Coronation Hall and a single light shone out from the first floor Supper Room.

Councillor Norman Bishop Rowe said: “There are a lot of Ulverston lads that died in the war and a lot of families suffered.

“This was a time to thank them for what they did for us.”

In Askam decorated jars with electronic candles inside were placed around the newly cleaned cenotaph in Duke Street. There was one for each local soldier named and one each for the war graves in St Peter’s Churchyard, Ireleth.

Karen Hanks, president of the WI, read a war poem to those gathered to remember.

Britain went to war with Germany on August 4, 1914.

More than 15 million men and women died in the First World War, which ended on November 11, 1918.

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even though no Candlelit service was organised at Barrow in Furness, a number of residents got together after a post on Social media at the Cenotaph, and lit 100 tealight candles, the photo was was hosted on "Barrow old photos", and has received over 1000, likes. amongst those gathered were Karen and Ben North with their 3 children, each with a candle, and they had penned the following

"We Remember and Honour those who suffered in WW1, and in their memory we pledge to always fight for Peace".

Posted by Frankie on 5 August 2014 at 19:50

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