A series of events will be held in the Carlisle area in the build up to Armistice Day.
They are all organised by the Royal British Legion, with the support of Carlisle City Council. They are open to public and include:
Poppy Collection and Coffee morning in the Old Town Hall, Carlisle, run by the Women's Section of the RBL, in aid of the Poppy Appeal
Date: Saturday, 5 November, 10am to 12noon
The Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Colin Stothard and Mrs Stothard will attend the Coffee morning in the Old Town Hall run by the Women's Section of the RBL in aid of the Poppy Appeal. All welcome.
Laying of Poppy Crosses on War Graves in Carlisle Cemetery (the Service will be held at the Newer War Memorial)
Date: Thursday, 10 November, starting at 10.45am
The Mayor and Mayoress of Carlisle, Cllr Colin Stothard and Mrs Ellen Stothard are inviting the public to join them at a short service to lay Poppy Crosses on War Graves in Carlisle Cemetery. This is the culmination of the laying of over 200 crosses on every War Grave in the cemetery and a total of 400 in the various cemeteries in Carlisle.
Young Persons’ Armistice Service at the City Memorial (Carlisle Greenmarket)
Date: Friday, 11 November, 11am
A Young Persons’ Remembrance Service will be held. Children are invited to lay tributes, readings and poems at the City Memorial. Young people are particularly invited to attend this event. Invited school children will meet with the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Colin Stothard at the Tithe Barn from 10.15am and process to the City Memorial led by a Piper and the Royal British Legion Standard at 10.40am.
Festival of Remembrance
Date: Friday, 11 November, 7pm
The Royal British Legion, Carlisle and Stanwix Branch has organised a Festival of Remembrance to be held in St Cuthbert’s Church; 400 tickets are available to the public, members of the Legion and local dignitaries, free of charge on a first come, first served basis at the Old Town Hall.
Remembrance Sunday - City Memorial, City Centre (Greenmarket)
Date: Sunday, 13 November, 11am
The Mayor and Mayoress of Carlisle, Cllr Colin Stothard and Mrs Ellen Stothard will lead the Remembrance Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony, when the Two Minutes’ Silence will be observed, and a Wreath will be laid by the Mayor. Former servicemen and women are invited to form up at Paternoster Row at 10.30am ready to march to the War Memorial in Greenmarket for the service. All welcome.
The County Remembrance Service - Cenotaph, Rickerby Park
Date: Sunday 13 November, 2.30pm
The Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Colin Stothard and Mrs Ellen Stothard will join the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and other dignitaries attending a Remembrance Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony, organised by the by The Royal British Legion (Cumberland and Westmorland County Branch).Wreath’s will be laid.
The Royal British Legion is the major provider of welfare support to serving and ex- service personnel and their dependents. The Legion similarly is the major custodian of Remembrance events. Each week, about £1.8 million is spent on welfare by the Royal British Legion nationally. In Cumbria, the Legion handles over 800 welfare cases annually and allocates about £1.4 million in welfare support, with a target of £500,000 being raised in Cumbria through the Poppy Appeal with the remainder coming from central and other sources.