FROM Kendal to Ulverston, Ambleside to Thornton-in-Lonsdale, people young and old are preparing to pay their respects to the fallen this Remembrance weekend.

Burneside paper maker James Cropper has once again supplied the red paper for 40 million Royal British Legion poppies, as it has done every year since 1978. If placed end to end, the narrow reels of paper would stretch to around 250km (155 miles).

"We’ve worked with the Royal British Legion for many years now, providing the paper for the signature red poppies," said chief executive Phil Wild, "and it’s a cause that’s very close to our hearts. We are proud to be a part of the fantastic job they do for past and present veterans and their families."

Youngsters and staff from Ambleside Primary School are to begin the commemorations tomorrow (Friday) by laying a wreath on the memorial stone at Vicarage Road, at 11am. Accompanied by the Langdales branch of the Royal British Legion, they will honour former pupils of Ambleside Boys School who fell in the First World War.

This Saturday the Royal British Legion will lead a two-minute silence at Ambleside's Market Cross, and will also attend Remembrance Sunday services (November 12) at Holy Trinity Church, Chapel Stile, at 10.30am; and at St Mary's Church, Ambleside, at 3pm.

In Kendal, respects will be paid and a one-minute silence kept at the Market Place war memorial on Saturday, from 10.50am. Remembrance Sunday will see a procession to the war memorial, with a service and wreath laying at 9.30am. The parade will then march from Kendal Town Hall to Kendal Parish Church at 10.30am, ready for the service of remembrance at 10.45am. People are also welcome to stay in the Market Place and observe the silence at 11am.

The mayor's party and the main parade will process back to the town hall at 11.45am, with the mayor taking the salute at midday.

In Ulverston, people are invited to gather at the Market Street war memorial at 10.45am for a short, quiet act of remembrance, led by padre Rev Canon Brian Jones. A musician from Ulverston Town Band will sound The Last Post and the Reveille.

Sunday will see a parade assemble outside the Royal British Legion on Brogden Street at 2pm for the march to Ulverston Parish Church, where a service of remembrance will begin at 2.30pm. The parade will then return to the war memorial for wreath laying at around 3.40pm. Among those represented will be the Royal British Legion, Ulverston's Air Training Corps, the submarine HMS Audacious, being constructed at Barrow, and the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

Windermere's branch of the Royal British Legion has organised a Remembrance Day parade and service for Sunday afternoon at Goodly Dale. People are invited to gather from 2pm for the wreath laying and brief service at the war memorial. The parade will then march to St Martin's Church, Bowness, for a service of remembrance at around 3pm. A collection for the Poppy Appeal will be taken, with tea and biscuits served afterwards.

The congregations of Helsington and Underbarrow will come together at St John's Church, Helsington, on Sunday at 10.30am. The 16 men named on the parish's two war memorials will be read out, and two young men who lived in the parish before enlisting - but were buried far from home in present-day Iraq and Pakistan - will be recalled.

Arnside's Playing Fields Memorial Garden will host a service of remembrance on Sunday at 10am, followed by an all-denominational service at St James' Church at 10.30am.

In Levens, St John's Church will see a remembrance service on Sunday at 10am.

And in Thornton-in-Lonsdale, parishioners will mark the occasion with a service at St Oswald's Church on Sunday at 9.30am, and the laying of a wreath at the war memorial. Everyone is welcome.