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New bench in Cockermouth to commemorate end of WW1

Rotary Bench in Cockermouth Credit: ITV BORDER

A bench has been unveiled in the west Cumbria town Cockermouth to coincide with the anniversary of the end of World War One.

The new street furniture is already catching the eye of locals and was installed by the Rotary Club. It's on the town's main street outside the United Reformed Church.

Plaque on the bench commemorating the end of WW1 Credit: ITV BORDER

They gave the ultimate sacrifice, they gave their lives in absolutely horrific conditions and they did that for our benefit so that we at least can live in peace. It has not go to be forgotten.

– Joe Fagan, President of Cockermouth Rotary Club


Commemorations in Belgium to remember the Kings Own Scottish Borderers killed in WW1

Commemorations took place in Belgium this weekend to remember the soldiers from the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, killed during World War One. Our reporter, Tim Backshall, was was in Belgium for Lookaround:

WATCH: The unexpected survivor of the Somme

60,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

One of them was Fred Francis from Carlisle. He was shot and wasn't expected survive - but did. He spoke to us in the 1980's about what he went through that day:

WATCH: Our region remembers the Somme

Thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme will be remembered today as the country pays tribute to those who were killed in the historic battle which began 100 years ago on July 1, 1916.

Vigils have been held across the Border region to remember our soldiers:


Stranraer veteran lays flowers for the fallen

Local veteran, George Harvey, lays flowers on the memorial in Stranraer Credit: Jim Ryder

People gathered in Stranraer to remember those who lost their lives 100 years ago today at the Battle of the Somme.

Local veteran, George Harvey, laid flowers in memory of the men who 'gave their lives for freedom and democracy, for their families and friends they had left at home'.

Credit: Jim Ryder

WATCH: Penrith pupils commemorate the Somme

Pupils from a primary school in Penrith are in France for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

North Lakes School is the only one from the North West of England to be chosen to represent the UK at the official commemorations tomorrow.

Our reporter, Tim Backshall, met the students ahead of their journey.

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