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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Events to mark World War One centenary

SERVICES of remembrance are taking place across Copeland to commemorate the start of World War One.

People are being invited to events on Sunday and Monday to share in moments of reflection as they remember the servicemen and women who died.

Poppy afternoon teas are being served on Sunday from 2pm until 4pm in Seascale Methodist Church Hall.

There will then be a sing-a-long to World War One songs. Cost £5. Tickets are available from Janet Hardy 019467 28529 or Allison Hanshaw 019467 21935.

Money raised will be used to build a model of Seascale Village circa 1914 and to produce a booklet on the village’s World War One heroes, by Seascale’s youth organisations.

On Monday there will be a vigil between 8pm and 10pm in Seascale Methodist Church.

In Whitehaven, on Sunday, in St James’s Church, there will be a vigil of prayer and reflection from 7pm. The solemn service will include silence, hymns, prayers and readings.

There will also be a service of prayer and meditation at St Michael’s Church, Muncaster, on Sunday at 5pm.

A tribute exhibition has been mounted in St Michael’s giving information about the 14 people from Muncaster and Ravenglass whose names are listed on the war memorial and in the church.

Everyone is invited to a vigil service at the church on Sunday from 5pm led by Rev Brian Wheelhouse, a TA Chaplain in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The service will mark the close of activities in Muncaster Castle and there will be a chance to view the exhibition. The display has already been open to the public for some weeks and will continue until the end of summer.

Numerous events have been planned by Egremont Royal British Legion. A service will take place on Sunday, August 3, at Moor Row village war memorial at 3pm.

On the same day, a church service will be held at St Mary’s and St Michael’s Church, in Egremont, at 6pm, featuring Egremont Town Band and the lighting of candles.

On Monday, August 4, there will be the last post and reveille from the church tower at St Mary’s and St Michael’s at 9am.

There will be ringing of a muffled peal of tower bells at 12pm.

A CANDLE-LIT vigil is being held at the war memorial in Castle Park, Whitehaven, on Monday from 10pm until about 10.30pm.

It is being organised by the Bransty Royal British Legion with Whitehaven Male Voice Choir set to perform.

One hundred candles around the cenotaph are set to be put out to commemorate the 622 local servicemen and women who died in conflict.

Families are welcome to attend. People are invited to arrive before 10pm and bring their own candles. Organisers say parking will be available courtesy of Morrisons.

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