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First World War centenary: Events this weekend set to commemorate the anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany

File photo dated 01/11/1915 of a British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a colleague near Cape Helles, where the Gallipoli landings took place. [Picture: PA] File photo dated 01/11/1915 of a British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a colleague near Cape Helles, where the Gallipoli landings took place. [Picture: PA]

Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00 AM

The “war to end all wars” is set to be commemorated through events being held this weekend.

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Monday marks 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany and the country was thrust into the First World War – a conflict which killed approximately 17 million military personnel and civilians.

Redbridge’s main service will take place tomorrow on the steps of Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road, Ilford.

Due to run from noon to 1pm, it will include a parade and will be followed by the Last Post.

The Ilford War Memorial Gardens Action Group is hosting its own event today.

The open day will feature an exhibition, music performances and displays by the action group, the Western Front Association, the Royal British Legion and cadets.

There will also be a talk by information and heritage librarian Ian Dowling, from Redbridge Central Library’s information and heritage service, as well as library activities.

The event will run from 1-4pm at the memorial gardens, in Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park.

The borough is also taking part in the UK-wide initiative Lights Out on Monday, which will see Redbridge Council and Redbridge Vision Culture and Leisure buildings turn off their lights from 10-11pm.

Among the sites taking part will be the council offices in Clements Road, Ilford, the Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre, in Forest Road, Barkingside, and Redbridge Town Hall.

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