It will again be uplifting to see the town bright and colourful after the winter so hope you can all support it. Details are below from the Rotary club.
THE ROTARY CLUB OF COCKERMOUTH
COCKERMOUTH ‘ DAFFODIL DAY ‘ – SATURDAY 1 APRIL 2017
1 THE CONCEPT OF DAFFODIL DAY
Cockermouth Daffodil Day is an opportunity to celebrate one of the town’s famous sons, William Wordsworth through the legacy of his famous poem “The Daffodils” while at the same time remembering our Gem Town status and welcoming the coming of a new Spring with the town’s display of daffodils.
Cockermouth has the unique advantage of being the birthplace of William Wordsworth on 7 April 1770 and his famous poem “ The Daffodils “’ has raised the profile of this flower more than any subsequent marketing ever could. Wordsworth was also christened at All Saints Church in Cockermouth on 18 January 1772 along with his younger sister Dorothy, while they were living in Wordsworth House.
2. THE AIM OF DAFFODIL DAY 2017
Following the success of the inaugural event in 2016 The Rotary Club of Cockermouth have again taken the lead in organising ‘Cockermouth Daffodil Day‘ which has involved seeking the co-operation and support of a wide range of public and private organisations / individuals, who have readily seen the social and economic benefits this community event will bring to Cockermouth and Cumbria. This is particularly significant with the extended flood defence construction work interrupting business in the Town centre, however the contractors have stated that work will be competed and the Main street restored to normality by Daffodil Day on Ist April 2017. Cockermouth having shown great resilience during these extenuating circumstances will then be truly open for business and ready to welcome visitors.
3 THE 2016 PLANTING OF DAFFODIL BULBS
In 2016 we planted some 5000 bulbs in Cockermouth including some 2000 native daffodil bulbs in the entrance of Harris Park, being the type that William and Dorothy Wordsworth would have famously enjoyed on the shores of Ullswater some 200 years ago. These along with the 35,000 daffodil bulbs planted in 2015 will ensure that the daffodil display in Cockermouth will continue to develop and make a welcoming visual impact in the town every Spring.
4. ALL SAINTS CHURCH ON DAFFODIL DAY
All Saints Church will once again be the venue for Daffodil Day, which will be officially opened by Lord & Lady Egremont who will then judge the Best Shop Window competition organised by the Chamber of Trade followed by the Primary Schools Artwork Competition.
The following activities will take place in All Saints Church from 10am to 4pm.:-
1. The Wordsworth Trust
- Display with children’s drop in crafts / poetry activities plus three short talks
. – ‘From Cockermouth to Grasmere: the Journey to Dove Cottage’
b. – ‘The Wonders of the Everyday in Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journals’
c. - ‘Callers and Travellers in the Grasmere Journals and Wordsworth’s Poetry’
2. Wordsworth House
-Exhibition and programme of activities
3. Rydal Mount
- Display about Wordsworth’s home from 1813 until his death in 1850.
the poet’s 4x great grandson Richard Wordsworth, to be auctioned on the day.
4. Cockermouth Museum Group
- Georgian Era Exhibition and historic photographs Cockermouth.
5. Cockermouth Civic Society
- Exhibition & publications together with guided historic town walks from All
Saints Church to Wordsworth House
- Exhibition of Roman artefacts from Papcastle Archaeological Digs
7. The Kirkgate Centre
-Exhibition of past and future events
-Craftwork exhibition with daffodil theme
-Exhibition by Young Enterprise students
10. Marie Curie
- Exhibition of Cancer Care and Support plus sale of Daffodil Emblem Pins
11. Cockermouth Soroptomists
- Exhibition on activities and daffodil theme
12. Musical Recitals
- Castlegate Singers, Altemusik Recorder Group & Cockermouth Mechanics Band
to each provide a 30 minute recital during the day
13. Cockermouth Area Primary Schools Artwork Competition
-Exhibition on Daffodil / Wordsworth Theme
- Exhibition about Rotary and the Club’s activities both locally and internationally
- Cockermouth Rotary Club and Cockermouth Inner Wheel Club will provide light
refreshments throughout the day
R. R. Day - On behalf of The Rotary Club of Cockermouth – 2 March 2017