Candlelight vigil to be held outside All Saints Church in Northampton as part of First World War commemoration

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A service of commemoration will be held next month in All Saints Church in Northampton as part of a series of events to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The mayor of Northampton councillor John Caswell along with councillors, town dignitaries, and members of the Royal British Legion will be attending the service on Sunday, August 3, starting at 1.45pm.

On Monday, August 4 at 10pm the town will be joining the nation for a Lights Out moment of reflection at All Saints’ Church portico.

Across the country people are being encouraged to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on Monday, leaving only a single light or candle for a symbolic act of reflection and hope.

The Royal British Legion is hoping to light one million candles across the UK to remember servicemen and women who gave their lives in the First world War.

In Northampton lights will be turned out at the Guildhall, All Saints’ Church and All Saints’ memorial garden for one hour starting at 10pm when candles will be lit and prayers said. Members of the public are invited to bring along a candle and join the vigil.

On Saturday, August 2, an exhibition called ‘A Shoemaker goes to War’, will open at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

Through personal accounts and letters home of those who served in the Northamptonshire Regiment and Northamptonshire Yeomanry, the exhibition aims to bring to life the stories of local people who served in battle and on the Home Front.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We owe a huge debt to those who served in the First World War which is why events such as these are so important.

“I do hope members of the public will take the time to visit the exhibition and join us in remembering those service men and women who lost their lives by coming along to the Sunday service and Lights Out event on Monday.”

Phillip York, chair of the Royal British Legion Northampton branch, said it had been a “pleasure and honour” to arrange the commemoration events during the special year of remembrance.

He said: “Nothing I can say can express the feeling the legion has towards the service men and woman past and present and what they have done for our great country. It just shows what spirit Northampton holds towards their past and present service men and women. They will live on forever in our hearts and memories.”