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WW1: Guide to the commemoration events near you

Poppies in remembrance Photo: PA

This year marks 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Many events to remember the fallen soldiers have taken place over the weekend and today is the anniversary of when Britain declared war on Germany.

Across the Midlands commemorations to mark this significant milestone in world history are taking place.

Below is a comprehensive list of the key events happening in your area.

German soldiers pictured offering to surrender to French troops during the First World War. Credit: REUTERS/Collection Odette Carrez

East Midlands Royal British Legions:

  • Nottingham- Calverton RBL, Vigil at the village cenotaph in the cemetery and at the parish flag pole in Calverton, meeting from 9.45pm.
  • Lincoln- The City of Lincoln Branch, holding a Centenary Commemorative Service at the Mary Le Wigford Church.
  • Derby- Diseworth, event at local war memorial.
  • Lincolnshire- Kirton in Lindsey RBL, sunset service at War memorial with clergy, piper, wreath etc.
  • Lincolnshire- Surfleet RBL, commemorative service at local church.
  • Nottinghamshire- Warsop, Meden Vale and District RBL, church service at 10pm followed by a candlelit ceremony at the village memorial which will finish at 11pm. 300 people expected.
  • Lincolnshire- Epworth, 10.00pm 'Lights Out' campaign doing the Last Post in Epworth Market Square.
  • Lincolnshire- Stamford RBL, an open-air family Festival of Commemoration in Broad Street, opposite the War Memorial. This will feature a children's choir, brass band music, Cadet’s military drill, dance, poetry, music hall songs, choral singing, concluding with the Mayor reading the Prime Minister’s original declaration of war followed by a monologue and tolling of church bells.
  • Derbyshire– holding Centenary Event at Derby City War Memorial, 8.30pm to 11pm. 24 candles, held by members of the three Service Cadet Units/youths being extinguished at intervals, the last one by the Mayor.
  • Derbyshire- Spondon Branch, Derby, holding a service in their local village church, St Werburgh’s, at 10.45am. There will be 60 candles lit, one for each man’s name that appears on the village war memorial. Each man’s name will be read out and then the candle extinguished.
  • Nottinghamshire- Calverton Woodborough Branch, holding a candle-lit vigil at their cenotaph in Mansfield Lane Cemetery and also at the Parish Flag Pole on Collier Road. Members are gathering at either venue from 9.45pm.
  • Derbyshire- Hayfield Branch, holding a service in St Matthew’s Church at 7.30pm following a parade from Primrose Court starting at 7pm.
  • Derbyshire- The Matlock and Darley Dale Sub Branch in conjunction with Matlock Town Council, holding a vigil at The Park Head, Crown Square, Matlock between 10pm and 11pm. There will be music along with community singing of popular wartime songs. Each person on the town's War Memorial will be personally remembered by their name being read out.
  • Derbyshire- Mickleover branch, holding a service at All Saints Church starting at 10:30pm. It will be a service of remembrance for the fallen of WW1 and will involve a televisual and sound presentation.
  • Nottinghamshire- Retford Branch, holding an event at the War Memorial at 10.45 p.m. Lights will be lit and extinguished at 11.00 p.m. Service will be led by the branch Padre, Fr Bill Bergin.
  • Nottinghamshire- Worksop Branch, holding a commemoration event in the Market Square in presence of the Chairman of the District Council. There will be community singing, poetry reading and the Act of Remembrance followed by lights out 11.00pm.
  • Nottinghamshire- Warsop & Meden Vale Branch, are laying a centenary wreath at Warsop Vale memorial at 9.30pm, then attending a service in Warsop church, followed by a procession down to Warsop war memorial for lights out.
  • Lincolnshire- Horncastle Branch, is holding a Lights out Vigil at the former War Memorial. Branch Members, Army and Air Force Cadets will be attending and members of the public are invited to join.
Standard Bearers from Leicestershire Royal British Legion Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Royal British Legions:

  • Staffordshire- Burntwood & District RBL, 3 events being held with at least 1 councillor at each event.
  • Shropshire- Corvedale & district, Lights Out campaign
  • Walsall- Great Wryrley RBL, Candlelit vigil
  • Staffordshire RBL – 11.00am city war memorial, army cadets carrying candles. There will also be a civil service at Derby cathedral.
  • Stoke-on-Trent- Stone RBL, Drumhead service at 3pm in Stonefield Park.
  • Shropshire- Worthen RBL, Church Service followed by a gathering in the village hall.
  • Staffordshire- Brereton Branch, planning a simple ceremony at the village war memorial. This will include a reading of the names of all villagers who died serving in WW1 and the plan is to plant a poppy cross as each name is read out, i.e. one cross for each of the named deceased.
  • Staffordshire- Quarry Bank branch, holding a Lights Out event at the local Peace Memorial in Stevens Park Quarry Bank at 10pm.
  • Staffordshire- Pelsall Branch, holding a candlelight vigil at Pelsall Cenotaph.
  • Staffordshire- Essington and Featherstone Branch, Church service including the readings of WW1 poetry and songs at St John's.
  • Staffordshire- Kinver & Enville branch, holding a service at St.Peters church at Kinver and a candle light vigil at St. Mary's Enville from 10.30pm to 11pm where they will play the Last Post.
  • Black Country- Blackheath Royal British Legion and Sandwell Council, First World War Commemoration at Oldbury Town Centre. The day is being built around a 12 hour vigil at the cenotaph in Oldbury Town Centre leading up to the 11pm the key time when the ultimatum to Germany ran out.

You can find more events happening in your area here

The national campaign to switch off lights between 10 and 11pm on 4th August Credit: Lights Out

Most events being held are connected to the Lights Out campaign.

Communities across the Midlands are being urged to join the national event to switch off their lights between 10 and 11pm on 4th August, the date Britain entered the war 100 years ago, and light-up their homes instead with a single candle or light.

Find out where the Lights Out events are happening in your area

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