THE lights may have been off, but Woking’s musically gifted still shone during Earth Hour.
The Living Planet Centre was the stage for a candle lit acoustic gig which helped raise funds for WWF’s conservation work in Africa.
The event was run in conjunction with the locally respected Phoenix Cultural Centre and saw five local acts, a mixture of bands and singer songwriters, performing to a crowd of 70 people.
A short film about WWF’s work and the Earth Hour event on London’s Southbank, which included a 60-strong panda flash mob, was shown during the interval, with the lights going out locally and country-wide at 8.30pm.
WWF-UK Marketing Manager Amy Kobelis said: “It was an absolutely fantastic evening. All of the acts were amazing, and really made the night something special.
“The event demonstrates what is so great about the Living Planet Centre. It enables us to bring the community together and involve them with our work in fun and interesting ways.
“Being able to share Earth Hour with the visitors, including showing them what had been happening in London during the day and more information about our projects was a real highlight.”
It was the first evening event WWF-UK have put on, and successfully raised £250.
All the proceeds are going towards work in the Mara Serengeti region to support farmers and species living there.
Organisations across Woking, including the council, the Ambassadors Theatre, The Lightbox, Woking Shopping and 170 schools all around Surrey also joined in with the annual switch-off in a tribute to Mother Nature.