Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, visited Carlisle Castle to see the Poppies: Weeping Window installation on Friday and to talk with volunteers.
While at Carlisle Castle, Mr Stewart met with representatives from English Heritage and discussed visitor numbers, the overwhelming response from volunteers and the development plans that will follow. Rory also spoke to several of the volunteers, almost a hundred of whom kindly answered the Castle’s call, who have worked to help make the Poppies’ arrival and installation such a great success.
Commenting on his visit, Rory said: “It was a very great privilege to visit Carlisle Castle, see the Poppies and speak to the staff and volunteers. I was impressed to hear that the number of visitors that have gone into the castle over the last few weeks has gone up nearly fivefold, and that English Heritage has attracted nearly a hundred volunteers. I would like to pay a huge tribute to all of those who have given their time and effort to making the installation of the poppies such a great success, combining a moving evocation of the First World War with the deeper history of the Border.”