The 100th anniversary since Britain went to war with Germany in World War One falls next week — and a new exhibition launched in Ilkeston proves that locally the bloody conflict will not be forgotten.
The new attraction has been unveiled at the Erewash Museum off Market Place and the opening also included plenty of eyecatching activities, inccluding the Ringwoods of History organisation recreating a First World War recruiting station.
Two books of Remembrance were also on display for visitors to leave their reflections and add their thoughts for loved ones who have been involved or are still involved in conflicts across the world.
The event came ahead of a Lights Out event that will take place on Monday between 10pm-11pm at St Mary’s Church in the Market Place, ahead of a candle-lit procession in the town.
Lights Out is a national event led by the Royal British Legion which asks people to switch off their lights but leave one lit for a shared moment of reflection to mark the hour and the date that Great Britain entered the First World War a century ago.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “We very much hope that local residents will bring their candles and join us in this UK-wide shared moment of reflection and remembrance. It gives us the opportunity to honour the bravery of the soldiers and pay our respects to those who did not return – and we will do so at the very hour and on the very day that this country entered the war 100 years ago.”