Lights out on Caernarfon Castle to mark World War One centenary


Staff reporter

CAERNARFON Castle will join in Wales’ commemorations of the First World War.

Wales First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has spoken of the importance in pausing and remembering a defining moment in history as Wales prepares to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

Commemorative events are taking place across the UK to mark the moment that at 11pm on 4 August 1914, when Britain went to war.

In Wales, the First Minister will join The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Archbishop of Wales, The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan at a candlelight vigil in Llandaff Cathedral, during a service held jointly by the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council.

The Welsh Government will also be joining a UK-wide ‘Lights Out’ initiative, in which Welsh Government buildings, the Senedd and Cadw sites including Caernarfon Castle will turn out all but one light between 10-11pm in a symbolic act of reflection.

The First Minister said: “Today marks a defining moment in our history. The events that took place following the 4th August 1914 had monumental consequences that rippled throughout our history.

“Commemorative events are happening across Wales today and they serve to ensure we never forget a moment that would have affected the lives of every person living in Wales.

“These events are about taking a moment to remember the sacrifices of ordinary men and women from communities across Wales and to remember the cost of a terrible war and the impact that has reverberated through our nation and shaped the Wales we know today.”

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