/ Remembrance day Great Gable
If you have not done it before then you need to be on the summit before 11:00am.
It is very moving and quite eerie. The cloud and the wild seem to honour the day as on the dozen or so occasions that I've been up there the wind drops just as the Sargent Major begins the Silence.
I've heard of this before, is there a story behind why they hold it on Great Gable?
It's all explained here: http://manage.hotscot.net/customer_images/FA00F036-E183-44C7-A38C-40C3F0D4FE18/archive%20articles/ga...
Thanks for that, quite a poignant story.
Yes, quite a poignant story.
There are of course far more "poignant stories"
Sorry, not a dig - it just seemed that the word was superfluous in this instance.
The most brilliant thing about the Great Gable war memorial is that the FRCC bought the summit of the mountain (and then I think gave it to the National Trust as a gift to the nation). When asked how much of the summit they would like someone very clever suggested an arbitrary contour line that would include the climbing crags ... "how about everything above 2000 feet?" And so the deal was done before anyone noticed that Sty Head Pass is 2008 feet, and thus the plans that were then afoot to put a road through to Borrowdale were kiboshed for all time.
It's not really a service in a religious sense (no prayers or hymns) just a minute's silence but it is very moving to see so many people making the effort to climb Gable in November weather that's not always the best and then all falling silent at 11am
I attended the Act of Remembrance on Gable for the first time last year and found it a moving experience. There's an account with photos here:
A group of us will be there next Sunday.
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