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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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War Horse author: It is important to remember WW1

Speaking ahead of the First World War's centenary, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo said it is important to remember the conflict.

The writer, best known for his moving novel-turned-blockbuster telling a tale of one horse's experiences during the First World War, said the war was a "seismic movement" that changed Britain from being "extraordinarily class-ridden".

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

He said: "All of a sudden these people were fighting the same war in the same trenches and dying in the same way, and that really hadn't happened before.

"The other thing that happened is how the role of women changed in our society.

"It was an extraordinary moment which is why it's important to remember it, because it's the young people of today who are living still with the consequences of not just that war but the war that followed it."

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