Carlisle’s first city centre Field of Remembrance opened by royalty

Carlisle’s first ever city centre Field of Remembrance has been officially opened by royalty.

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra unveils the memorial plaque of Carlisle's first city centre Field of RemembranceHer Royal Highness Princess Alexandra visited St Cuthbert’s churchyard for an official dedication ceremony.

Prior to unveiling a commemorative plaque she was joined by former service personnel, members of St Cuthbert’s Church, the Royal British Legion, pupils from Norman Street Primary School and city leaders for a service of Remembrance.

The Rev’d Keith Teasdale and the Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman led the open air service.

Mr Teasdale told those present: “We in Carlisle were aware of the need of such a place to honour the fallen with the laying of crosses. So following the example of other cities it was decided to address such a need.

“Being in a central part in the city it is seen by many and as war touches many we are pleased to have this field officially opened by Your Royal Highness. Every family has a story of war that has affected them whether by serving in war, losing a loved one, homes bombed or just being touched by it.

“So may God bless this service today and God bless those who are serving in the armed forces at this time.”Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra lays a wreath at the Field of Remembrance

During the service yesterday (Wednesday 15 July, 2015) Her Royal Highness removed a Union Flag, to unveil the memorial plaque, prior to the Last Post being sounded and a minute’s silence observed.

She later laid a wreath of poppies before pupils from Norman Street Primary School sang ‘We will remember them’.

The Field of Remembrance was built in August 2014 and includes red sandstone borders and a plinth.

More than £1,000 was raised towards the cost of construction when a Festival of Remembrance was held in 2013, organized by St Cuthbert’s and the Carlisle and Stanwix branch of the Royal British Legion.

Following the service Her Royal Highness completed a walkabout before signing a commemorative book inside St Cuthbert’s church.

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For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.