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Lights Out at Sheffield event to remember city’s fallen

People gather at Mosborough WMC for the Lights Out event to remember the fallen of WW1 on the 100th anniversary

People gather at Mosborough WMC for the Lights Out event to remember the fallen of WW1 on the 100th anniversary

Up to 200 people attended Sheffield’s only ceremony held as part of the Lights Out events marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Members of Mosborough Rugby Club organised a candlelit vigil outside the local Miners’ Welfare Club, with an emphasis on the sportsmen who lost their lives in the conflict.

People attending were asked to wear a sports top for their favourite team, with United, Wednesday and the rugby club itself all well represented.

Club member Chris Young said a poem written and read by Arnie Hattersley about the names on the village’s war memorial had been a highlight, while bugler Andy Furnage played the Last Post.

“There were a few readings and someone inside the welfare was playing the bagpipes, and he joined in too which was something that happened quite by chance,” he said.

“I am a history teacher at Hope Valley College and I heard some weeks ago about the Lights Out events being backed by the Royal British Legion, but there wasn’t anything happening in the Sheffield area.

“We decided on the sport theme as it was such an important part of the war. Rugby players in particular signed up in droves and many lost their lives.”

 

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