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Suffolk/Essex: War commemorations being held tonight to mark 100th anniversary of outbreak of First World War

PUBLISHED: 09:39 04 August 2014

Troops heading for the First World War battlefield.

Troops heading for the First World War battlefield.

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Today is the centenary of the British declaration of war with Germany – which sparked four years and three months of conflict in the First World War.

It prompted Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey’s to say: “The lamps are going out across Europe. They shall not be lit again in our lifetime.”

Today there are special events to mark the anniversary across the region – with a national ceremony at Westminster Abbey at 10pm which is being televised live.

Locally the main events are being held in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, and Colchester:

6.30pm: Civic Service, Colchester War Memorial.

7.30pm: Parade through the town and “Lights Out” commemoration at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

7:45pm: Commemoration event at Bury St Edmunds’ Cathedral with music and poetry to mark the anniversary of the start of the war.

All have been timed to give participants the chance to get home and watch the national ceremony live.

A top barrister from Suffolk has spoken out in a planning row over proposals for a multi-million pound expansion he fears may threaten the tranquillity of Constable Country.

A petition aiming to demonstrate the strength of public support for the multi-million pound Sudbury bypass project was officially launched today at the town hall.

A person who died on the rail line near Ingatestone in Essex on Thursday has been named as 15-year-old William Tweed.

Police are searching for man who told his wife he was going for a walk and did not return home.

Five pieces of lifesaving equipment have been installed in shops across Suffolk, thanks to money raised from the 5p carrier bag charge.

Doctors anticipating a severe outbreak of flu this winter are desperately urging vulnerable people in Suffolk to get vaccinated against the virus.

Police have released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault in Colchester.

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