Lincoln marks World War One centenary

  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • The Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Brent Charlesworth lit a single candle from the window of the Guildhall. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Nigel Mettam
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • The Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Brent Charlesworth lit a single candle from the window of the Guildhall. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Nigel Mettam

On Monday, August 4, people in Lincoln joined national commemorative events marking a century since the outbreak of “the war to end all wars”, World War One.

As the clock struck 10pm, lights went out across the city, including Lincoln Castle, and candles were lit in memory of those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

On the High Street the City of Lincoln Civic Party joined members of the armed forced and veterans for a parade which was concluded with a service and vigil at St Mary Le Wigford Church.

The Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Brent Charlesworth then visited the historic Guildhall to share a moment of reflection.

As darkness swept over the city, the Mayor lit a single candle from the central window above the Stonebow, marking the poignant anniversary.

The Mayor said: “On the eve of Britain officially entering the First World War Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, said: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.’

“Exactly 100 years later, we joined thousands of individuals, groups and organisations across the country in a moment of quiet reflection, recognising the sacrifice of all those who lost their lives fighting for our country with a solitary candle to symbolise the act of hope.”

RAF Waddington commemoration

Lead by the Station Padre, Reverend Wing Commander Kevin Hart, RAF Waddington Squadrons and personnel also came together to commemorate the start of World War One with prayer, reflection and music.