Lights Out as Britain commemorates WW1

Britain's most famous landmarks including the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Downing Street and Gateshead's Millennium Bridge were plunged into darkness for an hour last night to mark the moment Britain first declared war on Germany in 1914.

Live updates

Advertisement

Lights go out for an hour to remember war dead

Lights across Britain have been switched off for an hour tonight in a tribute to the 17 million killed in the First World War.

Landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral all went dark from 10pm.

Prime Minister David Cameron had asked Britons to switch off all but a single light in their homes for an hour.

  1. Central

WW1: The West Midlands towns bombed by mistake

The great majority of the millions of casualties in the First World War were on the frontline - from the mud of Flanders to the trenches on the Somme. But sometimes civilians lost their lives too - right here in the West Midlands.

Giant airships - or zeppelins - flew over and dropped bombs. In one such air raid 35 people were killed and many more were injured when Wednesbury, Tipton and Walsall were attacked by mistake. Keith Wilkinson reports.

Advertisement

No 10 to turn out the lights for WW1 memorial event

Number 10 is among the buildings that will turn their lights out in an hour's time to mark the moment Britain declared war on Germany and joined the First World War.

Are you joining in the Lights Out event? Post pictures of your "moment of reflection" on our Facebook page.

Archbishop: War represents 'abject failure of humanity'

War must always represent the abject failure of humanity, the head of the Anglican church in Ireland has said.

Archbishop of Armagh Dr Richard Clarke said commemorating the First World War could not be spiritually separated from the situation in Gaza and other recent conflicts.

The Caucasus front pictured during the First World War. Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Dr Clarke said: "War must always represent the abject failure of the human spirit and of humanity itself.

"It can never be other and we should never pretend it is other."

Load more updates Back to top

Latest ITV News reports