Great War remembered as park lights turned off

Reporter:

David Humphreys

DOZENS of people turned out at a country park to commemorate the First World War.

Residents and politicians made their way to Moel Famau country park near Mold to take part in a ‘Lights Out’ ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The event on Monday night was put together as part of a Royal British Legion programme to mark the century anniversary of the Great War.

Forty people made their way from the bottom of Moel Famau to Jubilee Tower at the top, with head torches lighting their way.

Just after 10pm, they watched as a candle of hope was lit and the First World War centenary wreath was laid by Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths, a Welsh Government minister.

Lights were then turned off for an hour, leaving the summit in complete darkness apart from a single lit candle.

British Army bugle call The Last Post was played followed by a reading and a two minute silence to reflect and remember the men and women who gave their lives a century ago.

Head torches were all turned back flooding the Jubilee Tower with light, signifying rebirth and new hope.

Kevin Forbes, North Wales community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, said: “The Lights Out programme has been a huge success. People were given the opportunity to stop and reflect in a focussed way. It truly was a mass act of remembrance by the nation.

“I was particularly impressed by the large numbers of young people who participated.

“The huge number of participants across the nations ensures that ‘Lest we forget ‘is not just an empty phrase.”

Brian Jackson, director of Expedition Wise who organised and led the walk, told the Leader: “This was truly a fantastic event that we are honoured and proud to have been a part of.

“It was great to see so many people take part and share this experience together while raising money for such an important charity.”

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