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Thousands line Cumbria's streets on Remembrance Day

Thousands of people lined the streets of Cumbria to pay their respects to our fallen war heroes.

In a year that has seen 94 British military deaths - the most since the Falklands War - Remembrance Day parades drew bumper crowds to west Cumbria yesterday.

Uniformed veterans and servicemen and women gathered all over west Cumbria, including Cleator Moor, Whitehaven, Cockermouth and Workington to remember fallen comrades.

And well-wishers of all ages looked on as the parades took place throughout the towns.

Relatives of the fallen also turned out to the parades, some wearing old family medals, to pay their respects.

In Cleator Moor, the parade marched through the town up to the square, where the wreath laying took place.

And in Whitehaven Castle Park, the mayor of Copeland, Henry Wormstrup, placed a wreath from the council at The Cenotaph.

In Cockermouth, guides, scouts and army cadets joined together and in Harrington, Workington, members from the town’s sea cadets, Army cadets and Harrington legion were among those paying their respects.

One of the biggest services held took place in Carlisle.

Well-wishers of all ages looked on as 90 uniformed veterans and servicemen and women marched solemnly through the city. They were joined by local dignitaries, led by William Graham, the Mayor of Carlisle, for an
open-air service and wreath-laying ceremony.

At 11am, the Last Post was sounded outside the Town Hall and the city fell silent for two minutes.

World War Two veteran Jim Templeton, 89, from Carlisle, was unable to march in the parade because he still has two pieces of shrapnel stuck in his leg.

He said: “We’re here to remember the men who didn’t make it.”

Among the crowd were many who had lost their own family and friends in battle. Wreaths were laid for individual servicemen, including Private Michael Ashley Dixon, 19, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2006
while serving with the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.

Sheila Reynolds, 70, from Carlisle, wore her father’s medals as a tribute to his memory, after he was killed in Burma in 1945.

She said: “He gave his life for the country and so have thousands of others since. I don’t think they should ever be forgotten.”

Having led an earlier service of remembrance at Carlisle Cathedral, The Very Reverend Mark Boyling, Dean of Carlisle, addressed the crowds in the city centre.

He said: “As well as remembering the huge loss of life in the First and Second World Wars, we remember too that the loss of life continues. It seems to me that the horror and carnage of Helmand Province today is
much the same as it was in the trenches.”

A rise in this year’s poppy sales reflected the growing impact of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The money raised will be used by the Royal British Legion to support ex-servicemen and women and their families.

Tony Parrini, secretary of the Carlisle and Stanwix British Legion branch, said: “The Remembrance Day turnout this year has been very good indeed. I think it’s more than normal, because people want to show support for the service personnel and ex-service personnel who are doing all they can to maintain peace and security in the world.”

Have your say

Carliol, the whole point of a rememberance day is to salute men and women who have risked their lives for their country. Your Salvation Army Band is merely a support act in this service. You cannot compare holding a cornet to holding a gun. Surely the Salvation Army way is not to do such things for praise, and I'm sure they would be happy to take a back seat to our true heroes. 

Posted by Bruce on 22 November 2009 at 18:16

The parade is about heroes who risk their lives not musicians

Posted by Mally on 22 November 2009 at 17:51

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