Copeland remembers their fallen heroes on Remembrance Sunday

By Rachael Grealish

ON the eleventh day, in the eleventh month, on the eleventh hour, the guns fell silent and the war was over.

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Thousands of men and women from Copeland fought and died in the world wars – and on Remembrance Sunday, November 13, the young and old stood together to remember the fallen heroes.

In Egremont hundreds gathered, on the main street, for a procession and memorial service at the Egremont war memorial.

The procession, lead by Egremont Town Band, had several group representatives, veterans and service men and women.

Reverend Tim Taylor lead the service along with reader Duncan Jackson as High Sheriff, and former Group Captain, Rev Richard Lee was the first to lay a wreath on the memorial.

Wreaths were also laid by representatives of the services, ex-servicemen, St John’s ambulance, town councillors, Cubs, Scouts, among others.

Two minutes silence for remembrance followed the tolling of the church bells at 11am. The memorial was closed with the singing of the national anthem and the community was invited to a service at the St Mary and Michael’s church, in Egremont.

Other services were held across Copeland and the community turned out in its thousands for remembrance.

In Whitehaven wreaths were laid by the mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie, Jamie Reed MP and the mayor of Whitehaven Town Council Raymond Gill.

Prior to the Remembrance Sunday events in Egremont, both Egremont Town Council and the Cub Scouts volunteered to clean the war memorial.