Remembering Climbers – Paul Brown

Paul Brown shows how he will never forget the fallen

Each November, members of my local walking group attend the annual memorial service held at the summit of Great Gable in the Lake District.

This service commemorates the many walkers and climbers who gave their lives in the first world war.

It is apt that the service is held here as the mountain was purchased by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club and donated to the National Trust.

The service, often held in appalling weather, attracts hundreds of fellow walkers.

It is a surreal sight to see hundreds of shadows emerge from the mist or snow from all directions to gather at the mountain top at 11am on Remembrance Sunday.

The service is by neccessity, short, but moving.

We shall return.

Paul Brown