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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Cumbria set to fall silent to mark World War One centenary

Cumbria will fall silent as candles are lit on Monday to remember the fallen of World War One.

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August 4 is the centenary of the start of the conflict which saw thousands from the county killed or wounded.

Services and ceremonies are being held at churches and war memorials across Cumbria.

Royal British Legion volunteers are holding candle-lit vigils as part of the Legion’s countrywide Lights Out campaign. This is calling on people to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm leaving just a single candle burning.

The Workington branch is staging an event at The Hub, in the town centre, at 10pm with poetry readings and dedications.

Branch secretary Lesley Jackson said: “The charity is encouraging as many people as possible to think about what it would have been like to live 100 years ago with no lights, just candlelight.

“Whether people decide to light a candle at home or join us, we hope they will use the time to reflect and remember those service men and women who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.”

At Whitehaven’s Castle Park there is also a night-time vigil at the cenotaph organised by Bransty Royal British Legion with songs by the Whitehaven Male Voice Choir.

In Carlisle, people are gathering in Rickerby Park to remember those who died. The war memorial has been renovated by Carlisle City Council in time for the centenary.

The Friends of Rickerby Park and the Royal British Legion, together with Stanwix minister The Rev Nigel Beer, are holding a service of rededication and vigil at the memorial on Monday at 10pm. The lights at the cenotaph will be dimmed and the memorial bathed in candle light.

At Carlisle Cathedral there will be a prayer vigil on Monday at 7.30pm.

The Dean of Carlisle, the Very Rev Mark Boyling said: “The service will allow us to pause, reflect and pray as we mark the anniversary of such a momentous decision. We know all too well that ‘The war to end all wars’ did not do that. We still live with the impact of war and conflict between the nations of the world.”

A service of thanksgiving is being held at Kirkandrews-upon-Esk Church, near Longtown, on Sunday at 6pm to remember those who served from the parish and those who came to work in its munitions factories at Mossband and Smalmstown.

Then on Monday from 1pm to 5pm there will be an exhibition on the parish’s contribution to the war effort focussing on the Cumbrian sites of H.M Munitions Factory which employed 7000 workers, most of them young women.

Other events include:

Sunday August 3

  • Bewcastle, United Reformed Church (Knowe), 12.45pm. A walk around Roadhead and Oakshaw Ford area to illustrate what Bewcastle was like 100 years ago.
  • Brampton, St Martin's Church, 3pm. Poems and songs from WW1 with Brampton Silver Band and the Royal British Legion.
  • Egremont, St Mary's and St Michael's Church, 6pm. Service with Egremont Town Band.
  • Keswick, Cenotaph, 2.30pm. Service.
  • Moor Row Village War Memorial, 3pm. Service.
  • Muncaster, St Michael's Church, 5pm. A service of prayer and meditation.
  • Wigton, St Mary's, 6.30pm. Evensong.
     

Monday August 4

  • Allonby, Christ Church, 7pm. Service of commemoration.
  • Bewcastle, St Cuthbert's, 10am. Morning prayer and act of remembrance.
  • Cockermouth, Museum, 4th-30th August. Exhibition – The Gathering Clouds of War.
  • Crosscanonby, St John's, 7pm. Service of commemoration.
  • Dearham, St Mungo's, 7pm. Service of commemoration.
  • Egremont, St Mary's and St Michael’s, 9am. Playing of Reveille and The Last Post from the church tower. Midday, muffled peal of tower bells.
  • Hethersgill, St Mary's, 7pm. Evensong and act of remembrance.
  • Kirkandrews on Esk, 1-5pm. Exhibition featuring sites of HM Munitions factory.
  • Penrith, St Andrew's Church, 11am. Remembrance service in garden, 9pm service.
  • Stapleton, St Mary's, 12 noon. The lighting of candles and prayers for peace.
  • Torpenhow, St Michael and All Angels, 6pm. Vigil. (Memorabilia exhibition opens 3pm).
  • Whitehaven, United Reformed Church, 9am-4pm. Open for remembrance and reflection. 11am act of worship.
  • Workington, Helena Thompson Museum, 7pm. An evening of songs from WW1.

Search our 22,000 name database for the Cumbrians who went to war and help us tell their story. Visit the World War One area here

A special commemorative supplement - Cumbria Remembers: The Great War 1914-18 - is free with this week's The Cumberland News.

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