Civic leaders and armed forces representatives to mark centenary of Castle Park War Memorial Gates

A special service is to be held on Saturday 18 March at Penrith’s Castle Park War Memorial Gates to mark 100 years since they were first dedicated. 

Organised by Eden District Council in association with the Penrith branch of the Royal British Legion the service will start at 9.50am and members of the public are most welcome to attend.

The service will be led by The Rev’d David Sargent of St Andrew’s Church, Penrith and will incorporate an Act of Remembrance and prayers of rededication.  Civic leaders and war veterans will be taking part in the event, with speeches also being made.

The Castle Park War Memorial gates, now listed as a monument by Historic England, were originally dedicated by the Bishop of Carlisle on 18 March 1923.  They commemorate those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.  The gates form the gateway into Penrith’s Castle Park which is also the location of the Black Angel, which is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Boer War and a memorial plinth commemorating the life of No. 2745 Private Robert Beatham VC, 8th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.

A number of local organisations will have their standards represented including the Royal British Legion, Army and Police cadets together with the local girl guide and scout troop.  The service will take place near to the Castle Park War Memorial Gates and will last no more than an hour.