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Thread: Remembrance Sunday - Great Gable

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    Years ago I was in Wasdale in the first couple of weeks of November.

    It was in the Wasdale Head Inn on the Saturday before, that I first became aware of the brief Remembrance Day service held on Great Gable the next day. (Not a religious service)

    I made up my mind to get up and be there for 1100.

    The experience was incredible. People were converging on Great Gable from all directions and all with one purpose in mind. A few words were said in recognition of those who died in the many conflicts around the world and then everone started on their way down.

    I have made it a point to go back each year since (except last year - I was in Nepal).

    Forget the politics.

    This is a truely moving experience.

    If you can get there, it's on Sunday 14 November

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    wow, would love to experience that, I'm at a sailing event this year but perhaps next year....

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    'tis a very moving event.

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    I hope the organisers 'remember' to send someone up to clear away all the paper poppy heads and plastic stalks this year.

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    Oh don't start all that agin Sean.... there was a terrible slagging match a couple of years ago on this site about all that.

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    I missed that, Bloof.

    I was up there last July ish and the summit was still littered with them from the previous year.

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    It was possibly three years ago, Sean.

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    I think folk were having a dig at the F&RCC

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    Oh my. I only read the last page of that thread and that was more than enough

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    I first attended that service when I was 18. That was in 1973. Since then, I have been every year. It seems a fitting moment for thought for all those who love the freedom of the hills.

    Having just broken my arm in three places (alternative way to stop a mountain bike...) - this will be the first year I won't be there.

    My thoughts will be though.

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    Just got back from a very cold Great Gable - very nice morning indeed. Good feeling of fellowship.

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    A few friends went up there. I was going to go but a very busy weekend meant that I stood no chance to make Seathwaite in time to find somewhere to park. I know that is bad but I'm shattered. Still I did my own two minutes of silence where I was, also in the hills. If you ask me I think the hills are the perfect place to remember. Just out of interest why Great Gable, sorry if I'm showing my ignorance.

    There are a few memorials on Lakes mountains I believe. There's the Halifax crash site memorial on the path between Grey Friars and Great Carrs. There's one, IIRC, on top of Castle Crag, there is another plaque somewhere saying that the land was donated to the people in memory to those from there who gave their live to the service of their country. I think there are more but I can't remember just now. Perhaps for next year for those who can't get to Great Gable people could find some of these other locations as I am sure the Peak District has a few too. Perhaps there could be other Great Gable type of remembrance sites in other areas. Just an idea.

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    Yes ?? I was also at this years Service of Remembrance and the summit of Great Gable- How many people were there?? I have no idea butt his 360 pan might give you an idea of how popular this service is.

    Best Regards

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    PC, here's a very potted explanation of 'why Great Gable'.... (lifted from FRCC website)

    "The cast bronze war memorial on the summit of Great Gable commemorating the members of the club killed during WW1. The club purchased 12 fells in the central lakes and donated them to the National Trust in 1923."

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    Fanastic turn out today, never seem so many people on a cold snowy hill, whole families and loads of dogs.

    Great turn out on such a sad day. so so many people coming from up from all sides and all directions.

    Well done everyone.

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    My last link to yesterday little movie clip from the service doesn't appear to have worked ??
    So I will Try again

    Rob

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    Jon usb - wtf are you talking about ???????

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    I'm afraid he's talking about this....



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