900-year-old Carlise Castle is transformed into a scene from the WWI trenches of France and Belgium

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Thousands of people visited a replica WW1 style trench to commemorate remembrance at a 900-year-old castle. 

Specialist film set builders constructed a Western Front trench at Carlisle Castle in north Wales, complete with re-enactors playing the parts of British Tommies and German soldiers.

The free event also included a pub run under special ‘state management’ rules which sold beer, and a replica field hospital.

The grounds of Carlisle Castle transformed into a scene from the the trench warfare of France and Belgium, above. The public could walk around the trenches, as well as visit a traditional period market later in the day

The grounds of Carlisle Castle transformed into a scene from the the trench warfare of France and Belgium, above. The public could walk around the trenches, as well as visit a traditional period market later in the day

The 160 foot replica trench was the idea of former soldier Robert Lowther, who builds and supplies props for war films. The idea for this special act of Remembrance came from Colonel Anthony Steven, a Commandant at the Cumbria Army Cadet Force

The 160 foot replica trench was the idea of former soldier Robert Lowther, who builds and supplies props for war films. The idea for this special act of Remembrance came from Colonel Anthony Steven, a Commandant at the Cumbria Army Cadet Force

The 160 foot replica trench was the idea of former soldier Robert Lowther, who builds and supplies props for war films. The idea for this special act of Remembrance came from Colonel Anthony Steven, a Commandant at the Cumbria Army Cadet Force

Visitors also watched ninety-minute shows including a Salvation Army band and a drill demonstration by Cumbria Army Cadet Force.

The public could walk around the trenches, as well as as well as visit a traditional period market later in the day

A wooden tank was also created by joinery students at the local Carlisle College, in addition to a wooden design of the castle’s front gates from 100 years ago.  

Re-enactors playing cards, above, played the parts of British Tommies and German soldiers. Together they brought realism to the display for This Day: 1918 in north Wales

Re-enactors playing cards, above, played the parts of British Tommies and German soldiers. Together they brought realism to the display for This Day: 1918 in north Wales

Re-enactors playing cards, above, played the parts of British Tommies and German soldiers. Together they brought realism to the display for This Day: 1918 in north Wales

A wooden tank, above, was also created by joinery students at the local Carlisle College, in addition to a wooden design of the castle's front gates from 100 years ago

A wooden tank, above, was also created by joinery students at the local Carlisle College, in addition to a wooden design of the castle's front gates from 100 years ago

A wooden tank, above, was also created by joinery students at the local Carlisle College, in addition to a wooden design of the castle’s front gates from 100 years ago

The 160 foot replica trench was the idea of former soldier Robert Lowther, who builds and supplies war props for films.

He worked with professional film production crew to assemble the Western Front style trench, including Ronnie Papaleo, who has worked on war films including Flags of our Fathers. 

Some of the trench wood was supplied by the Ministry of Defence and local businesses from Cumbria.

The idea for this special act of Remembrance came from Colonel Anthony Steven, a Commandant at the Cumbria Army Cadet Force.  

Former soldier Robert Lowther worked with professional film production crew to assemble the Western Front style trench, including Ronnie Papaleo, who has worked on war films including Flags of our Fathers

Former soldier Robert Lowther worked with professional film production crew to assemble the Western Front style trench, including Ronnie Papaleo, who has worked on war films including Flags of our Fathers

Former soldier Robert Lowther worked with professional film production crew to assemble the Western Front style trench, including Ronnie Papaleo, who has worked on war films including Flags of our Fathers

Two WW1 re-enactors open up munitions boxes. The free event was held for just one day in the grounds of Carlisle Castle, in Cumbria, north Wales

Two WW1 re-enactors open up munitions boxes. The free event was held for just one day in the grounds of Carlisle Castle, in Cumbria, north Wales

Two WW1 re-enactors open up munitions boxes. The free event was held for just one day in the grounds of Carlisle Castle, in Cumbria, north Wales

Thousands of people visited a replica WW1 style trench to commemorate remembrance at a 900-year-old Carlisle Castle, above. The event was free but was open for one day only

Thousands of people visited a replica WW1 style trench to commemorate remembrance at a 900-year-old Carlisle Castle, above. The event was free but was open for one day only

Thousands of people visited a replica WW1 style trench to commemorate remembrance at a 900-year-old Carlisle Castle, above. The event was free but was open for one day only

Colonel Steven said: ‘Initially the idea was a tattoo. Then this phrase ‘This Day in 1918’ came into my head. 

‘We’re taking the castle back in time 100 years.   

‘We’ve had an extremely positive response with more than 100 volunteers. We’ve had people ringing up saying ‘Can we be involved?’’ 

‘People are genuinely very interested. It’s a very simple thing to sell. It’s the centenary of the Armistice.’

The recreated pub was run under State Management rules by the local Carlisle Brewing Company.

These special management rules meant the government nationalised pubs in Carlisle during the war.

In practice, this meant the price of beer increased since the government encouraged men to drink less.

The free event was held for just one day in the grounds of Carlisle Castle.

They castle was used by the military during the war, but before this was used as an army hospital. 

Visitors could also walk around the trenches. They could also watch ninety-minute shows including a Salvation Army band and a drill demonstration by Cumbria Army Cadet Force

Visitors could also walk around the trenches. They could also watch ninety-minute shows including a Salvation Army band and a drill demonstration by Cumbria Army Cadet Force

Visitors could also walk around the trenches. They could also watch ninety-minute shows including a Salvation Army band and a drill demonstration by Cumbria Army Cadet Force

Some of the trench wood was supplied by the Ministry of Defence and local businesses from Cumbria. The free event also included a pub run under special 'state management' rules which sold beer, and a replica field hospital

Some of the trench wood was supplied by the Ministry of Defence and local businesses from Cumbria. The free event also included a pub run under special 'state management' rules which sold beer, and a replica field hospital

Some of the trench wood was supplied by the Ministry of Defence and local businesses from Cumbria. The free event also included a pub run under special ‘state management’ rules which sold beer, and a replica field hospital



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