Abingdon-on-Thames is participating in the nation-wide Lights Out commemoration on August 4th.
“The lamps are going out all over Europe: we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, August 1914
Making one simple and very powerful statement the evening will start with a vigil and reading of the roll of those Abingdonians who went off to war in 1914-18. This will be taking place from 6.30pm onwards in St Helen’s Church with members of today’s local community reading out from the list.
Cllr Mike Badcock is encouraging more members of the community to come forward to take part in the public reading of the roll.
At 10.15pm the focus will move to the War Memorial in The Square. Abingdon Town Band will play music and from 10.30pm a Service of Commemoration will be held concluding with the Last Post and the Lights Out moment at 11pm.
All members of the public are welcome to any part of the Abingdon-on-Thames Lights Out commemoration. To understand the purpose and meaning behind the nationwide commemoration visit the Lights Out website
For more information please contact Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01235 522642