This week's commemoration events

Residents across Copeland are being invited to take part in a two-minute silence at noon today , in memory of those who lost their lives on June 2 last year.

A short act of remembrance will also be held at St Nicholas’ Garden from 11.55am until noon, which will end with a two-minute silence.

Two community days are being held in Whitehaven and Seascale next weekend for people to get together to reflect and remember.

Each event marking the tragic anniversary will remember those who died and were injured.

The Rev John Bannister said: “This first anniversary is an important one for all of the communities of West Cumbria who were so disturbed by events.

“It is by the strength and fortitude of the communities affected that we have come through the last year with the compassion and dignity which defines the people of West Cumbria.

“This anniversary will, I pray, provide some strength and support to us all as we continue along the long and painful road of recovery.”

A summer fete style community day, with a variety of stalls, will be held at St Nicholas’ Gardens in Whitehaven on Saturday between 11am and 5pm. This will include another silence at 12.30pm.

A concert will be held in the grounds of the church in the afternoon and will feature soprano Joan Rodgers and world-renowned pianist Sam Hayward. A string quartet will also be performing at the event.

A separate community day is being held in Seascale on Sunday, including a barbecue, face painting, games, an art exhibition and BMX display and competitions.

An open air service will be held between 6pm and 6.30pm near to Seascale Castle on the front.

As an act of remembrance today, residents are being encouraged to light a candle and display it in their window as a sign of solidarity with and respect for those who lost their lives. Organised by some members of the clergy, the act will be a simple way to remember the tragedy. It is suggested people either light a tea light or battery powered candle to put in windows as a mark of respect.

Kevin Bethwaite, fire service station manager, said: “Whilst we don’t want to be negative and steer people away from showing their support, we do want people to be aware of their own personal safety. Try to avoid using a naked flame in a window or in close proximity to window furnishings.”


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