The Duchy of Lancaster was proud to support the City of Lancaster’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice on 11th November 2018.
The day began at 6.00 am with a lone piper playing ‘The Battle’s O’er’ outside the John O’Gaunt gate. This was witnessed by the Vicar of Lancaster the Reverend Chris Newlands, County President of the Royal British Legion Lieutenant Colonel Richard Beatson DL, the Chief Executive of Lancaster City Council Mrs Susan Parsonage, the Mayor of Lancaster Councillor Andrew Kay and the Dean of Lancaster Cathedral as well as the Reverend Andreas Jensen from the Priory’s sister church in Goslar, Germany. Around 50 local residents and members of the local community also turned up to watch and to mark the start of the city’s remembrance services.
Later that evening a special Remembrance Service was held at the Priory Church in the presence of faith and secular leaders of the community and led by the Reverend Chris Newlands. The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth and his wife and former High Sheriff Lady Ann Shuttleworth were in attendance together with the Roman Catholic and Anglican Bishops of Lancaster.
At the conclusion of the service, the Last Post was played. Lord Shuttleworth then read the ‘Tribute to the Millions’ before the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Oliver Pallister lit the beacon of remembrance at the Priory, relaying the flame to a second beacon on the top of the Castle’s mediaeval keep.
Constable of the Castle Mrs Pam Barker laid a wreath at the ‘There But Not There’ Tommie silhouette which carried a memorial stone specially carved by stone carver Alan Ward at his Lancaster Castle workshop.
The commemorative Tommie figure, wreath and memorial stone will remain on display at Lancaster Castle for the remainder of the year.