Commemorating the Great Gift of Freedom – Behind the scenes news

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The June choir on the summit of Scafell Pike

Throughout 2018 and right up to Peace Day on 19 July 2019, we will be commemorating the gift of mountains as war memorials after the First World War.

Keep visiting these pages to find out what the teams delivering these ambitious projects are up to as the year passes by. From coordinating a hundred singers on the mountain tops and the re-building of Scafell Pike's summit cairn, this year will be one to remember. 

Latest updates

18 Nov 18

Kendal Mountain Festival features the Great Gift

Kendal Mountain Festival featured the Great Gift in one of their main venues. Explorer Paul Rose was MC, with presentations by historian Jonathan Westaway, interviews with National Trust staff and Richard Hargreaves from the Fell and Rock Climbing Club, and live performances by the Fellowship Choir.

60 singers on stage with mountain photos from the project behind them

11 Nov 18

Armistice 'Beacon of Light' on Scafell Pike

On Sunday 11 November 2018, National Trust rangers climbed Scafell Pike and lit a beacon beside the war memorial. This was part of a national act of remembrance called 'After the Battle - Beacons of Light' remembering all those who died, or came home injured or damaged from the war, as well as all those on the home front who kept the wheels of industry and agriculture turning while the war raged. The chain of beacons across the country symbolised hope and light returning as the conflict ended.

13 Oct 18

Singing Picnic went ahead despite Storm Callum

Over 250 people had booked tickets to take part in an outdoor singing picnic at Peace Howe - a tiny hill given to the National Trust in 1917 so that people impacted by the First World War could experience peace and tranquility. When Storm Callum rained on our parade, Keswick School came to our rescue and gave us shelter from the storm, with some cracking acoustics thrown in, the Fellowship Choir gave it their all.

people picnicing on a low summit in small groups