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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.

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Famous WW1 Christmas Day football match reenacted

The First World War's famous Christmas Day football match between British and German soldiers was reenacted today, almost 100 years on.

The home of Downtown Abbey was the setting for a reenactment of the famous WW1 football match. Credit: PA

A British 11, including former professional footballers included Andy Sinton and Marcus Gayle, drew 1-1 with a German side including Rudi Voeller, a member of 1990 Wold Cup winning side, and other players who had previously played in Germany's top division, the Bundesliga.

Speaking after the game at Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey, Voeller said: "To remember a historical game which took place during the trauma of World War One on neutral ground is very unique."

He added: "Football is able to build bridges and friendship between people and nations. This game with outstanding veteran players from both nations is a brilliant example."

The original match took place between British and German soldiers in No Man's Land on Christmas Eve 1914.

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