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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Their sacrifice will never be forgotten - Remembrance Sunday services in Cumbria 2013

HEROES long past and those who gave their lives recently were honoured during Cumbria Remembrance Sunday services.

Hundreds gathered at the cenotaph in Barrow Park, including the family of Kingsman Dave Shaw of 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, who died in January after being shot by insurgents in Afghanistan.

After laying a wreath at the cenotaph, his dad David Shaw, 50, of Flass Meadows, said: “I don’t know how to put it into words. It is just uplifting to see so many people.

“There’s also people here remembering those who died in the world wars and in the Falklands, and its good to see they’re not forgotten, that’s the important thing.”

Former Royal Marine Richard Butcher, 66, from Fenman Close, said the day “meant a lot” to him.

He said: “It’s brilliant, especially to see the younger ones here. I lost quite a few friends in battle, especially in Northern Ireland.”

Mr Butcher served four tours in Ireland during the Troubles, before being discharged after suffering a broken back during a training exercise.

Also at the service was 19-year-old Private Daniel Pocklington, of the Parachute Regiment.

He said: “It has been a very good turn-out and it means a lot.”

Among the crowds at Ulverston’s cenotaph, in Market Street, was 96-year-old Second World War veteran John Johnson.

Mr Johnson, who served in the King’s Own and the Manchesters, helped train new recruits to use tanks.

His daughter Diane Ormandy said: “He never talked about his war experiences when he was younger. It’s only recently he has told us properly.

“We were quite surprised because people in the services tend to gloss over things at first. We are very proud.”

Every year Mr Johnson attends the memorial in Cross-a-moor, Swarthmoor, which bears the names of friends killed during the war.

Mrs Ormandy said: “He will go tomorrow, every year on the 11th he stands there. Sometimes lorry drivers stop and stand with him.”

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said: “This is a day for the community to remember those we have lost. For Kgn Shaw’s family the loss is still very raw. I’m sure it’s been a difficult day for them but they always carry themselves with dignity and pride.”

In Millom, mayor Councillor Brain Crawford said it was a wonderful turn-out with more than 250 attending.

He said: “The weather was wonderful as is the work that has been done at the cenotaph. It was very well supported by all organisations.”

More than 100 people gathered at Dalton’s cenotaph in Station Road to pay their respects. At Askam a parade marched from Rankin Hall on and a service was held at the Memorial Garden in Duke Street.

Remembrance Day services also took place in Grange at the Parish Church of St Paul’s in Crown Hill Windermere where the parade set off from Goodly Dale and marched to the town’s war memorial for the laying of wreaths.

In Newton a parade also took place, followed by the laying of wreaths at the village war memorial.

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