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People gather at Leek Nicholson War Memorial to remember the outbreak of the World War 1

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

Candles adorn the Nicholson War Memorial. Inset, the clock remained stuck at 10pm.

Candles adorn the Nicholson War Memorial. Inset, the clock remained stuck at 10pm.

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THE lights went out and the clock was stopped at 10pm when people gathered at the Nicholson War Memorial in Leek on Monday night to commemorate the start of the First World War.

A large crowd of people gathered to pay their respects with a one minute silence being held at 10pm and a two minutes silence at 11pm. It was part of a national commemoration to turn the lights out at the time war was declared 100 years ago.

Chairman of the Friends of the Nicholson War Memorial, Pam Wood, said: "We decided at the last minute that we would meet and turn the lights off and also stop the clock at 10pm.

"It was totally unexpected the number of people who turned up with candles. Many were teenagers who brought their own candles. We were also joined by members of the British Legion. It was a very touching and amazing night."

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However, on Tuesday morning the memorial's clock still stood at 10pm – with staff trying to get it working again.

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