CLEATOR Moor are gearing up for Remembrance Day with a poppy display in the town square.

An excess of 1,000 poppies are decorating the town square as a mark of remembrance.

The poppy is a symbol of respect for those that served in all wars, not just The First World War. Helen Gilmour of Cleator Moor Town Council noted that this was the sentiment of the memorial.

"We wanted some memorial to soldiers. Not just World War One but to all forces."

Helen's display, with help from the community surrounds the war monument as well as a statue of a nurse tending to a soldier's wounds. Installed in 2005, the statue was built by Colin Telfer of Maryport.

The poppies were donated by members of the Cleator Moor community "Many crafters came forward."

Fittingly, the project was 'a real team effort'.

"It's been great, some people were coming in with bags of poppies." Helen added that one lady brought in two hundred poppies and helped her attach them.

Helen's display includes lists of fallen soldiers from the area.

"I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped with this."

Cleator Moor Town Council have a track record of grand gestures when it comes to Armistice. Last year, a display was built in the Civic Hall including a Wall of Remembrance and authentic officer's uniforms. The council are currently working on a project to list every veteran hailing from Cleator Moor who has served in the armed forces.

Commemorations are taking place around West Cumbria to mark the centenary. On November 9th, Workington British Legion in Saint John's Court will host a monologue titled 'Nellie's War'. The play was written by Roy Muir and explores The First World War from a mother's perspective. Keswick will observe the Armistice with poetry readings and music at Saint John's Church on November 10th.