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Waltham Forest marks the centenary of World War 1

Tonight Waltham Forest will mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, coinciding with a number of other nationwide commemoration events taking place today. The commemorative event is ticketed and will take place in Walthamstow Assembly Hall, with hundreds of guest expected.

Chris Robbins, Leader of the Council said: “Tonight’s event will be an opportunity to remembers those who lived fought and died in the First World War. We will remember the contributions of citizens across the world, at home and abroad, during one of the darkest periods in European history.”

The commemorative service will involve poems and music, including a tribute from Forest Choir, a piano and vocal performance from  Amy Young and a contribution from the Caledonian Stow Pipe Band. There will also be an opportunity to view exhibits from a number of First World War artists, including some items from the current exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, Help is Better than Sympathy, which documents the First World War work of Belgian-born artist Frank Brangwyn.

Those attending the event will be able to participate in the Royal British Legion’s LIGHTS OUT initiative that invites people across the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4th August, leaving a single light as a symbolic act of reflection and hope. This will be marked at the event with a candlelit vigil, followed by lighting the beacon in front of the Town Hall, before extinguishing the candles and leaving only the beacon alight.

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