PEOPLE across the borough are being asked to turn out their lights next month as a mark of respect to the servicemen and women who died for their country during the First World War.

The 'Lights Out' initiative will take place on Monday August 4 between 10pm and 11pm to coincide with the start of the war 100 years ago.

A candlelight commemorative service will take place at the Clock Tower in Priory Street opposite Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, from 9.50pm when people will be invited to light candles in a moment of reflection, hope and peace.

Councillor Margaret Aston, Mayor of Dudley, said: "The ‘Lights Out’ event is a perfect opportunity for people to come together and reflect on this important date. The service allows people to mark the occasion and remember those who fought for us all those years ago.”

People can also get involved by simply turning out the lights in memory of those who died for their country between 1914 and 1918.

Meanwhile civic dignitaries will be in Stourbridge this Sunday (July 27) to attend a World War One commemoration service at St Thomas's Church in Market Street starting at 6.30pm.