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Carlisle Remembrance Events

Published on 22 October 2018

Carlisle Remembrance Events

A series of events will be held in the Carlisle area in the build up to Armistice Day.

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life: Lest We Forget Exhibition

Until 25 November 2018

The exhibition looks at “Remembrance” in its broadest sense focussing on people and what they have done, our servicemen and women, those who lost their lives or were injured, those who served and came home, their families and everyone affected by conflict and related events. 

Alongside the exhibition the Museum will be running a series of events including a talk on the National Memorial Arboretum on Tuesday 13 November and a Thursday Movie Night at the Museum with a licensed bar on 22 November (showing Journey’s End).
Visit to book tickets.


Launch of the Carlisle Poppy Appeal - The Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle City Centre

Saturday 27 October, 10am

Including performances by Rocket Theatre, plus poetry reading and much more.


Cumbria Poppy Appeal: Run to Remember, Chance’s Park (next to Morton Community Centre, Wigton Road)

Saturday 3 November, 9am

Take part in this special five-kilometre run. You don’t need to register but if you’d like your run timed, register with parkrun
for free. Follow Cumbria Poppy Appeal on Facebook or
@CumbriaPoppy on Twitter for more information.


Royal British Legion Coffee Morning, Old Town Hall, Carlisle City Centre

Saturday 3 November, 10.30am - 12noon

Organised by the Royal British Legion in aid of the Poppy Appeal.


Laying of Poppy Crosses on War Graves in Carlisle Cemetery (the Service will be held at the Newer War Memorial)

Thursday, 8 November, starting at 10.45am

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Jessica Riddle is inviting the public to join her 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)

Friday, 9 November, 11am

A Young Persons’ Remembrance Service will be held. Primary Children have been 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 Jessica Riddle 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.


Carlisle Remembers 1918

Saturday 10 November

The 100th anniversary of the end of World War One will be commemorated in the city with four special events under the banner, Carlisle Remembers 1918.

“This Day in 1918” will transport visitors back to what life was like at Carlisle Castle and in the city 100 years ago with an
all-day re-enactment, starting with the opening ceremony at 11am by the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Jessica Riddle. From 1881 to 1959 the castle was the depot of the Border Regiment. A total of 23,000 recruits passed through it during the war.

Visitors will be able to experience what trench warfare was like, see the wounded being treated in a field hospital, watch performances from local theatre groups and the Salvation Army Band, and see a drill demonstration by the Army Cadet Force. There will be a full-sized replica Mark IV tank on display, similar to that which sat outside the castle gates until 1935, along with a genuine World War One supply lorry. 

Refreshments will be available, served by staff in period costume and a beer tent will operate under the rules of the State Management Scheme, which were in force in licensed premises around Carlisle at that time.

There will then be a torch lit procession from the Castle to the Market Square where the terms of the Armistice will be read out from the steps of the Old Town Hall by the Mayor of Carlisle. 

To close the day, a Festival of Remembrance will take place at The Sands Centre, with songs and music from the era. This is a ticketed event and is sold out.


Remembrance Sunday - City Memorial, City Centre (Greenmarket)

Sunday, 11 November, 11am

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Jessica Riddle 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. Those wishing to lay wreaths should report to the Crown and Mitre at 10.15am. All welcome.


The County Remembrance Service - Cenotaph, Rickerby Park

Sunday 11 November, 2.30pm

The Chairman of Cumbria County Council, Cllr Elizabeth Mallinson will join the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and other dignitaries including the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Jessica Riddle to attend a Remembrance Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony, organised by The Royal British Legion (Cumberland and Westmorland County Branch) and Cumbria County Council. All welcome to attend.  


World War I Centenary event, Harraby Community Campus 

Monday 12 November, from 12.30pm

Starting with lunch in the community café from 12.30pm. Followed by songs from the era, performed in the theatre, by Pennine Way School Choir at 1pm and the Carlisle Community Choir at 1.15pm. Movie Monday Club will then present a showing of the Steven Spielberg classic War Horse at 2pm. Those attending will be asked to make a donation to the
Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.


Please Support The Poppy Appeal

The Royal British Legion is the national custodian of Remembrance, a role which ensures that those who gave their lives for peace and freedom are remembered. The act of observing a two-minute silence began in 1919 following the Armistice at 11.00am on 11 November 1918, at the end of the WWI.

In 1921, the year the Legion was formed, ‘Armistice Day’ was formally adopted as the national day of Remembrance. The Legion was charged in its Royal Charter with organising ‘Festivals of Remembrance services’ and parades to perpetuate the memory of sacrifices made during Service with our Armed Forces in war and peace.

The Legion has been responsible for organising national, regional and local ceremonies of Remembrance to reflect the nation’s concern that the human cost of war should not be forgotten.

Remembrance is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts worldwide since 1945, and those still fighting today.  It is about learning from the past and resolving to make the world a better place to live in the future. 

To find out how to make a donation to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, visit


The Carlisle Poppy Appeal needs your help! 

By wearing your poppy with pride you are supporting our Armed Forces community, past, present and into the future.

Carlisle needs new collectors too. If you can spare even just an hour it can make a real difference. Please contact [email protected] or call 07917 581077.

If you think you can help, please contact them.

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