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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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David Cameron: WW1 'profoundly changed our world'

David Cameron said the First World War "profoundly changed our world" as he paid tribute to the sacrifice made by those who lost their lives.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Speaking outside Glasgow Cathedral ahead of a service of commemoration for Commonwealth leaders, the Prime Minister said it was important to find new ways of bringing the experiences of those involved in the conflict to life.

It was an extraordinary day in Britain's history, and when you think that almost every family, almost every community was affected... Almost a million British people were lost in this war, it's right that almost a hundred years on we commemorate it, we think about it and we mark it properly.

– David Cameron

He also told BBC Breakfast: "I think it is important to remember the outbreak of the war.

"Because although there was an enormous amount of waste and loss of life, there was a cause that young men rallied to at the beginning of the war, which was the idea that Europe shouldn't be dominated by one power, that a country, a small country like Belgium shouldn't be simply snuffed out."

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