The Royal British Legion, Byng House held a Lights Out Event in the Community Area of Kings Gardens on Monday 4th August.

From 1pm members of the public were invited to come along and lay a cross or a candle as an act of respect for all those fallen soldiers in WW1.

At 9.55pm a short Service presentation was held on the large screen in the park and then the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr kevin Cluskey lit a candle to signify “Lights Out”. The Royal British Legion Southport Piper, Mr Colin Hughes then played lights out and volunteers lit all the two hundred plus candles and tea-lights.

Manager of Byng House, the Royal British Legion’s Break Centre, Jason Carroll who organised the event said “The whole event was a fitting tribute to all those who lost their life during World War One, many were from the Merseyside area. I have been amazed today, how many people have come along from all areas of the community to lay a cross and put personal messages on them.

At the Lights Out Event, we estimated in excess of 300 members of the public gathered to watch the lighting of the candles and it was a very poignant part of the whole day. Please can I thank the many volunteers and staff who came along to ensure this event was a success.

All the crosses and poppies laid will be moved to Byng House and will remain in our front garden area until the end of September. Members of the public are welcome to come and view.

We also have a range of WW1 Badges available at our reception desk”.

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