Events will mark WW1 anniversary

The horror of the trenches in the Great War
The horror of the trenches in the Great War

A number of events are taking place in Leyland next week to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, which was declared in Britain at 11pm on August 4, 1914.

On Saturday this week, August 2, there will be an official opening of ‘The August 1914 Commemorative Exhibition: Antarctic Witness’ at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre at 10.30am.

It will be followed by a walk by museum curator David Hunt, called ‘The Belgian Refugees: An introduction to Leyland in the Great War’.

That starts at 11am from the museum on Church Road.

On Tuesday, August 5, Dr Hunt will lead another walk, this time from 2pm and entitled ‘An Introduction to Leyland in the Great War’.

On the anniversary itself, Monday, a special tree will be planted at South Ribble Council’s Civic Centre in West Paddock.

Starting at 10.45am, the ceremony will include the unveiling of a plaque, reading of poems and lowering of the three flags to half-mast.

Also on August 4, everyone in the UK is invited to take part in ‘Lights Out’ by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

The project is being organised by 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the First World War centenary commemorations.

The Royal British Legion in Brownedge Road, Lostock Hall, will start a walk of remembrance at 6pm and visit war memorials at churches around the area.

Members will then meet at the memorial on Brownedge Road at 10.45pm to light candles for ‘Lights Out’.

More events are planned throughout the year across South Ribble, which will be listed in a special edition of the Guardian next week.