Eye Lights Out and Great War Exhibition will pay tribute

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The 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War is set to be commemorated with a number of events in Eye.

The north Suffolk town will be holding a Lights Out event at the War Memorial in Lambseth Street at 10.30pm on Monday as part of the UK-wide event.

It will mark 100 years to the day that Britain declared war on Germany.

Visitors are encouraged to bring candles and torches, and asked to gather at the memorial at 10.15pm.

Representatives from the local community will share readings and poems, and time given for a shared moment of reflection. At 11pm, the lights will be extinguished one by one, leaving just one candle burning.

Royal British Legion candles are available to buy from Marks and Spencers online and in store, with all profit going to the RBL, although visitors can bring their own.

The Great War 1914-1918 Exhibition, organised by the town council and Hartismere School, is being held over three days to pay tribute to those in Eye and the surrounding areas who served or contributed to the war effort.

It will run on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 from 10am to 4pm, and on Monday, August 4, from 10am to 2pm at Eye Town Hall.

Refreshments will be on sale, with profits going to the RBL.

People are also being encouraged to contribute cakes, biscuits and other refreshments, or donate time in helping on the day. If you can help, contact Maria Ford on 01379 870466, or email maria.ford@eyesuffolk.org.

A national event, people around the country are being asked to turn their lights out from 10-11pm on Monday, leaving just a single light or candle burning, in a nationwide moment of reflection.