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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Cumbria united in solemn tributes to the fallen

Cumbria fell silent to pay its respects to the casualties of war.

Remembrance Sunday 2012 photo
The High Sheriff of Cumbria Juliet Westoll at the Carlisle wreath laying

Hundreds of people attended Carlisle's Remembrance Sunday ceremony at its war memorial.

Veterans, serving personnel and civic dignitaries all took part in the event, which fell on the same date as Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of World War One.

They marched from Carlisle Castle to the area around the Old Town Hall to the tune of Scotland the Brave, played on the pipes and drums.

A bugler then stood on the balcony of the Crown and Mitre Hotel and played The Last Post.

This was followed, at 11am, by two minutes of silence. To mark the end of this, the bugler played Reverie.

The Very Rev Mark Boyling, dean of Carlisle, spoke to the crowd and the Rev John Baron, of Churches Together in Carlisle, led prayers.

After this the poppy wreath laying began, led by David Wilson, the mayor of Carlisle and Juliet Westoll, the High Sheriff of Cumbria.

Representatives from the armed forces, veterans associations, emergency services and civil bodies all followed in laying wreaths.

Once this was completed, the ceremony ended with a parade around the town centre, which was received with applause by the members of the public watching.

In west Cumbria, veterans organisations, serving personnel and dignitaries all joined the general public in marking Remembrance Sunday.

Councillor Peter Tyson, Mayor of Copeland, laid the first poppy wreath on the memorial in Castle Park, Whitehaven.

He was followed by representatives of the Royal British Legion, several other ex-service organisations, members of the Armed Forces and cadets, Copeland MP Jamie Reed and Paul Walker, chief executive of Copeland council.

Members of the public then got the chance to add their wreaths of poppies. They then proceeded to St Nicholas’ Gardens where a wreath was laid on the Normandy veterans memorial.

The procession continued to the Civic Hall for a service with prayers led by the Rev John Bannister, rector of Whitehaven. A sermon was also delivered by Father Grugan, the Mayor’s chaplain.

In the afternoon, the mayor attended another event in Cleator Moor. In Millom, Geoff Garrity, deputy mayor of Copeland, took part in a service and the following parade, which assembled at Tin Chapel on Mainsgate Road.

In Seascale, wreaths were laid after a service in St Cuthbert’s Church. Gosforth and District Royal British Legion held its annual Remembrance service on Sunday at 3pm at St Peter’s Church, Drigg.

There was a service of remembrance with holy communion at Kirkland Mission, a parish remembrance service at St Michael’s Church, Lamplugh and wreaths were laid at the war memorial at St Mary’s Church, Ennerdale, at 2.30pm. Egremont and Moor Row also had services and ceremonies.

In Workington, the parade – which began on Pow Street – headed down Finkle Street and Vulcans Lane for a ceremony at the memorial in Vulcan Park.

Services were also held in Harrington, Flimby, Aspatria, Keswick, Maryport and Cockermouth.

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