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Commemoration of WWI

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To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War a number of commemorative events are taking place both locally and across the country on Monday 4 August.

The Royal British Legion is inviting people to gather at the War Memorial in South Street shortly before 11pm to share a few moments of reflection. Candles will be lit and everybody will be invited to observe a one-minute silence. Limited edition centenary candles can be bought from Marks and Spencer with all proceeds going to the British Legion.

A service will also take place at Guildford Cathedral from 10-11pm and will be attended by Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The service will take the form of a vigil and will include music and readings about the War. At 11pm the lights will be extinguished for a moment of reflection.

Mayor of Farnham, Cllr Jeremy Ricketts says: “Anybody who is not able to attend a service can take part in the national Lights Out event, which will see homes across the UK switching off their lights from 10-11pm and leaving on just a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.”

The Mayor of Farnham will attend the service at Guildford Cathedral and the Deputy Mayor and Town Clerk will join the Royal British Legion vigil at the War Memorial.

Tickets are required to attend the Guildford Cathedral service. These need to be applied for and picked up from the Cathedral office by Thursday 31 July. For details call 01483 547860.

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