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Armed Forces Projects

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Penrith Town Council is pleased to be able to support serving and ex-service personnel in Penrith. The Town Council has been involved in a number of projects including:

Remembrance Day Parade – Penrith Town Council is honoured to  co-ordinate and make arrangements for the annual remembrance Day Parade which culminates in a service at St Andrew’s Parish Church. The parade musters at 2.00pm in Portland Place before parading down Middlegate to Devonshire Street where the Kings representative takes the salute.  The civic service takes place in St Andrew’s Church at 2.30pm.

Armistice Day – To commemorate the 100th anniverary of the signing of the armistice to end the First World War, Penrith Town Council lit up Penrith Beacon by kind permission of the Lowther Family and Councillor Jackson, the Mayor of Penrith at the time, read of the names of all those who had fallen from Penrith before a buglar played the last Post. He was joined at the top of the Beacon by many members of the public who had made their way up to the top.

VE Day 75 – We were unable to commemorate VE Day 75 by holding a free family event in the Town Centre due to the Covid -19 pandemic however we did mark it through our social media using the official aspects detailed by the pageant Master. Penrith Town Band live streamed playing The Last Post and Reveille from their gardens, doorsteps or windows, Tom Skelhorne the Cumbrian Piper kindly recorded a clip of Battles O’er and VE 75 and all those who had been invited to attend the event on 8th May or the Church Service on 10th May were invited to provide a video clip which we edited together to form the Cry for Peace which you can see here.

Penrith Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club – As part of the money available for the Armistice Day commemorations, the Mayor made money available to Penrith Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club to purchase a flag which is flown to advertise their presence when they meet fortnightly.  All serving and ex service personnel are welcome to join the group.

Town Benches –  As some of the benches devolved to the Town Council become unsustainable to repair they are being replaced. A number of benches have been replaced with the Penrith Remembers Logo to commemorate the good work carried out by the Penrith Remembers Group to remember those from Penrith and the surrounding area that were involved in the two World Wars and in more recent conflicts.

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