WW1 100th anniversary

Commemorating 100 years since the Great War

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WW1: 'Penrith Remembers' Dalemain

A series of events has been launched in one part of Cumbria to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

"Penrith Remembers" will include a candlelit vigil on August the 4th and a re-enactment of the day many local recruits headed off for war.

The programme of events was launched at Dalemain, a country house near Penrith, which, as Tim Backshall reports, was itself changed by the Great War.


The Great War "changed the lives of everyone"

The owner of a country estate near Penrith says the Great War "changed the lives of everyone alive in the United Kingdom at the time."

Robert Hasell-McCosh, the owner of Dalemain, was speaking ahead of the launch of 'Penrith Remembers', a series of events to commemorate the war 100 years on.

"It is most most important to remember something of what happened a hundred years ago, partly to refresh in our minds the enormous contribution a whole generation made to retain our freedom but also to tell the story to recent generations who now have no immediate family connection with those events."

– Robert Hasell-McCosh, owner of Dalemain

Penrith remembers World War One

A programme of events to commemorate the beginning of the First World War a hundred years ago are being launched at Dalemain near Penrith this morning.

Penrith Remembers has collated all the events taking place in the area during the year.

Britain entered World War One on the 4th of August 1914.

The launch will include an exhibition of photos showing some of the changes that resulted from the Great War, including life in a country house like Dalemain.

Those photos and ones of the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry will be on display at the house until October.

£33k funding to restore WW1 memorials

Funding will be shared across ten memorials in Scotland Credit: PA

Ten war memorials across Scotland are to share £33,000 in grant money to be restored.

Centenary Memorials Restorations Funds allows local communities throughout Scotland to gain funding to restore their war memorials, to mark the 100th anniversay of the outbreak of World War One.

The memorials to benefit are located across the length and breadth of Scotland, from North Uist to Orkney, the Highlands and Moray, South Lanarkshire, Aberdeenshire, Glasgow, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Restoring the memorials will continue to honour those who died and remind people of their history and heritage.


Artefact found from WW1 Cumbria attack

An explosives factory in Lowca came under attack from a German U-boat on 16th August 1915.

In storage at Whitehaven's beacon museum is an artefact responsible for the damage during the attack.

The shell is one of 50 that were fired, causing around £800 worth of damage. The artefact was donated in 1979 to the museum, where it has stayed since.

The 'nose cone' was one of 50 fired at Lowca Credit: ITV Border

Also in the museum is a poem, written at the time to remember the event and to remember the only casualty, a 'faithful English dog'.

WW1 poem from 1915 Credit: ITV Border

WW1 100 year anniversary

The First World War claimed the lives of men from virtually every town and village across the region. On August 4 it will be 100 years since Britain entered the First World War.

Whitehaven is planning to commemorate the war with a special parade in May and it's looking for ex-service people from all conflicts to come forward to take part.