Lights Out across Blackpool for war

Blackpool Tower is set to be plunged into darkness.
Blackpool Tower is set to be plunged into darkness.
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Parts of Blackpool are set to be plunged into darkness to honour the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

It’s part of a nation-wide event, called Lights Out, which will see famous landmarks and homes turn their lights out to share in a moment of reflection.

The concept marks the hour Britain entered The Great War and will take place between 10pm and 11pm on August 4.

In Blackpool, the plans are still being finalised, but Blackpool Council has confirmed its involvement to honour and celebrate our Armed Forces and the town’s status as the home of the lights.

Local cadets have already decided to carry out a 24-hour vigil at the Cenotaph to mark the occasion.

Blackpool Tower is also set to join the action.

General manager Kate Shane said: “The lights on The Tower are currently being repaired, but on August 4 we will be illuminating the top and the heart and turning them off at 10pm.

“This is an event that is important to us.

“The war is something we all acknowledge, and I am proud The Tower can honour those people who gave so much to all of us.”

Lights Out is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and complements a candlelit vigil of prayer to be held at Westminster Abbey from 10pm to 11pm on August 4.

More details on Blackpool’s plans will be revealed soon.