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List of events to mark the start of the First World War across Milton Keynes

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Milton Keynes is marking the start of the First World War with a host of events across the city today.

From 10-11pm, there will be a candlelit vigil at St Peter and St Paul Church, Newport Pagnell, as well as at New Bradwell Clock tower run by the Royal British Legion.

There will be a veterans parade and a symbolic release of 100 red balloons at the MK Dons stadium from 12-3pm, which has also been organised by the Royal British Legion.

And you can visit a Great War exhibition at Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney.

On Sunday, August 10, a commemorative parade and ceremony at Mill Mead Hall is planned.

At 10.30am, visitors are asked to assemble at Wolverton war memorial, The Square, Wolverton, then at 11am the Wolverton Town Band will lead the parade to Mill Mead Hall.

The commemorative ceremony will take place at 11.45am where there will be demonstrations and exhibitions throughout.

The event ends at 2.15pm and if you do not wish to join the parade you may go directly to the hall.

As well as this, people across Milton Keynes are invited to turn their lights off for an hour of August 4.

Lights Out will see people across the UK turn off their lights from 10-11pm on Sunday, August 4, leaving on a single light or candle for reflection on the 100th anniversary of the UK joining the conflict.

The symbolism is inspired by the famous quote by the then-Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

To find out more about Lights Out go to #1418now; #LightsOut, www.1418now.org.uk

 

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