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Remembrance Events

Published on 31 October 2019

Remembrance Events

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


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

Thursday, 7 November: starting at 10.45am

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Marilyn Bowman 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.


Festival of Remembrance

Friday, 8 November: 7pm

The event will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church and is a ticketed event. Tickets are free of charge and are available from the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre.


Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning in the Old Town Hall

Saturday, 9 November: 10am - 12noon

All proceeds will go to the Poppy Appeal.


Remembrance Sunday - City Memorial, City Centre (Carlisle Greenmarket)

Sunday, 10 November: 11am

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Marilyn Bowman 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, 10 November: 2.30pm

The Chair of Cumbria County Council, Cllr Christine Bowditch will join the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and other dignitaries including the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Marilyn Bowman 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.


Armistice Day - National Silence - City Memorial (Carlisle Greenmarket)

Monday, 11 November: 11am

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Marilyn Bowman will join veterans and representatives from 25 schools at the City War Memorial to mark the two minutes’ silence for Armistice Day. The Remembrance Service will involve local school children.



There may be temporary delays to highways in Carlisle on Sunday 10 November 2019 from 10.30am to accomodate the 2019 Remembrance Parade. The highways affected are: -Castle Way from the junction with Carlisle Castle and Castle Street, Annetwell Street, Finkle Street, Paternoster Row, St Mary’s Gate and the Greenmarket.  The delays are to take place from 10.30am and are possible until 11.30am. 


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.


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