WHITEHAVEN fell silent during the Remembrance Sunday Parade for 2023, as crowds gathered to pay their respects.

Whitehaven Town Council organised the procession which set off from The Copeland Centre on Catherine Street at 10:40am and proceeded to the War Memorial in Castle Park where there was a short service and wreath laying ceremony.

The procession then continued onto the United Reformed Church for a service of remembrance.

There were road closures throughout Whitehaven to allow the procession through town.

The Beacon in Whitehaven was lit red at night-time on the week leading up to Armistice Day and the Union flag was flown from outside the Copeland Centre in Whitehaven on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Any council owned buildings open to the public on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday commemorated the national two-minute silence at 11am.

Deputy Leader for Cumberland Council, Cllr Lisa Brown is the Lead Portfolio Holder with responsibility for the Armed Forces, she said:

“We are a proud supporter of the armed forces and we have put in place a variety of ways to commemorate this year’s Remembrance events right across Cumberland. Please support the Poppy Appeal and take time to join in the national moments of reflection.”

Chair of Cumberland Council, Cllr Carni McCarron-Holmes added:

“I have a long and proud connection with the armed forces and am delighted that the council has taken so many steps to commemorate Remembrance in Cumberland. Alongside our other Armed Forces Champions, I will be proud to represent the council at events on the day, and hope many of you are also able to take the time to honour their service at one of your local Remembrance events.”