WARRINGTON Borough Council is formally launching its four year programme to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

On Monday 4 August the Mayor of Warrington, Ted Finnegan, will host an event in the Town Hall, which will include the renaming of Committee Room 3 to the ‘World War One Remembrance Room’.

The room will contain photographs and memorabilia from the First World War which have been provided by Culture Warrington.

The council is also taking part in the national event, ‘Lights Out’, which will see buildings across the country turn off their lights for an hour in memory of the war on 4 August. Residents are invited to also take part in this and leave only one light or lit candle on in their homes between 10-11pm in a shared moment of reflection.

This follows the successful Proms in the Park event which the council hosted with 75 Engineers Regiment on Saturday 19 July and featured performances from two military bands – the band of the Lancashire Artillery and the band of 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Coun Finnegan, said: “We are extremely proud of the strong links we share with our armed forces and we want the whole community to be part of this programme over the next four years. There will be something for everyone to get involved in so we can come together to reflect and remember the sacrifice so many people and families made for our country 100 years ago.”