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Lighting Up The Western Front

10 October 2014

An inspirational project to light up the First World War front line across Belgium, will take place between 7.00pm and 8.30pm on Friday 17 October.

The 'Light Front' is a unique initiative under GoneWest, the cultural event programme of the Province of West Flanders commemorating the First World War, and is part of a trio of events the Province is staging to honour the 600,000 men who died in the region.

The westernmost part of Flanders will be "lit up" by a human chain of 8,400 torchbearers, spanning 84 km from the beach at Nieuwpoort to the CWGC's Memorial to the Missing in Ploegsteert.

Among the attendees are Their Majesties, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians - who will be present at the CWGC's Ploegsteert Memorial.

As part of the initiative, candles will be placed on all the graves at Tyne Cot Cemetery & Memorial and at Berks Cemetery Extension and the Ploegsteert Memorial. The ceremony will end with the sounding of the Last Post.

The commemorations will be broadcast live on Belgian television, with highlights likely to be screened by news channels across Europe.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone planning to travel to sites along the front line should be aware that many roads will be inaccessible before and during the event. To find out more about travel restrictions or the event itself, visit :