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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Poppy Appeal spotlight to fall upon Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle will be lit up tomorrow to promote this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Carlisle Castle photo
Carlisle Castle

The illumination – on the west face of the keep – takes place as British Legion Riders tour the county to raise funds.

Tony Parrini, branch secretary of the Royal British Legion, said: “Due to the co-operation and enthusiasm of English Heritage, the challenge wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

“English Heritage was delighted to assist and work with us in the lead up to Armistice Day. Using the castle in this way is an entirely fitting backdrop to this important event.”

Lloyd Taylor, English Heritage general manager, added: “We are proud to be working with the British Legion, and helping them with the start of their annual Poppy Appeal.

“Carlisle Castle has a long history of military connections, and these continue to this day with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, as well as the Regimental Museum of the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.”

Poppy logos and related messages will be displayed from tomorrow from sunset to about 11.30pm each night to promote the Poppy Appeal. Colin Wadsworth, branch Poppy Appeal organiser, said:“We believe this to be the first occasion that the Poppy Appeal has been promoted in this way on a public building outside London.

“My challenge is to try to improve on last year’s £84,000 raised for the appeal – this will certainly help.”

The Mayor of Carlisle, David Wilson, High Sheriff Juliet Westoll and members of the British Legion will witness the switch-on at 6pm.

The Poppy Appeal runs for two weeks from tomorrow and aims to raise £42 million nationally. The ride out takes place this weekend and includes a stop in Carlisle tomorrow night and a departure through Carlisle to Penrith on Sunday morning.

The Carlisle and Stanwix Branch of the Royal British Legion have made the arrangements for the arrival of the riders to launch the Poppy Appeal. In Carlisle, the Mayor David Wilson will ride as a pillion passenger from the city boundary and is expected to arrive at about 2.30pm from Wigton.

He and the riders will be greeted by guests including Carlisle MP John Stevenson, members of Royal British Legion and a pipe band.

An Eddie Stobart truck, “POPPY 90”, is leaving her regular base in the Midlands and heading for Carlisle to help launch the appeal.

Mr Parrini said: “We hope that people will come along between 10.30am and 4pm to have their pictures taken with “Poppy 90” and make a donation to start off this year’s appeal.”

  • A series of events are being held in Carlisle during the build-up to Armistice Day.

They are all organised by the Royal British Legion, with the support of Carlisle City Council, and are open to the public.

Events to honour fallen war heroes start with tomorrow’s Great Cumbrian Poppy Ride and the illumination of Carlisle Castle.

On Sunday, as part of the Poppy Ride, poppy crosses will be laid on war graves at Carlisle Cemetery.

City mayor David Wilson will also lay poppy crosses on the graves on Thursday, November 8 at 10.30am.

The following day, a young persons’ remembrance service will be held at the city memorial at the Greenmarket from 10.45am.

There, children will be invited to lay tributes such as poems.

On Saturday, November 10, from 10am until midday, a coffee morning will also run in the Old Town Hall, run by the women’s section of the Royal British Legion in aid of the Poppy Appeal.

The official Remembrance Sunday memorial will be held at the Greenmarket from 11am on Sunday, November 11.

People there will join the country in falling silent for two minutes to remember those who have died in the service of their country.

The county remembrance service will be held at the memorial in Rickerby Park at 2.30pm. It is organised by The Royal British Legion (Cumberland and Westmorland County Branch).

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