Guided walk and church service to commemorate start of WW1

Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Tamworth is marking next Monday’s 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War with a guided tour of the town centre.

The walk will be led by qualified Green Badge Guides, who will be revealing the part Tamworth played in the conflict. They will talk about the buildings, the stories, the heroes and the memorials to the more than 600 men of the borough who died in WW1.

The walk starts from the Tamworth Tourist Information Centre at 8pm on Monday August 4. Tickets cost £5 each and must be booked in advance through the TIC on 01827 709618.

Tours are subject to availability and numbers are strictly limited.

WW1Cllr Rob Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “There is a hidden WW1 history in Tamworth and this is a unique opportunity to see that history for yourself. Please make sure that you don’t miss out on this unique tour and book your tickets quickly.”

The tour will finish in time to allow people to attend the special LIGHTS OUT service being held at St Editha’s Church at 10pm.

The church service is open to everyone and it is hoped that a large number of people will go along to take part in the commemorations.

Nationwide Event

LIGHTS OUT is a nationwide initiative which has the backing of the Royal British Legion. Individuals, households and organisations across the country are being encouraged to turn their lights out between 10pm and 11pm on Monday August 4, leaving only a single candle or light burning as a symbolic act of reflection and hope.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, uttered the above words on the eve of Britain officially entered the First World War. Exactly 100 years later we are inviting millions of individuals, households and companies to join together in a national moment of reflection.

The Royal British Legion are encouraging everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014 – leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope.

They hope to light one million candles across the UK to remember each and every one of those Service men and women who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.

Please join together to create a unique national moment for the United Kingdom and The Royal British Legion. Find out how you can get involved in the National Event here.