- By Mark McAlindon
- BBC news
Several hundred people, some dressed in union uniforms and red, white and blue clothing, watched Carlisle’s Coronation in Bitts Park.
Cumberland Council organized a big screen for everyone to enjoy the historic event together.
Families began arriving shortly after 10:00 BST to watch the procession make its way to Westminster Abbey.
Despite mixed forecasts, the screening was held in warm sunshine and many people brought their own picnic supplies.
People living in the city explained why they wanted to see the ceremony.
David Fitzpatrick said: “Whether you like it or not, we’re part of this history and culture, so we just wanted to make sure we were witnesses to that.”
“It’s an important day in history, so we wanted to take the kids down and really celebrate it with everyone else in the city,” said Laura Waraich.
For Stacey Weaver from Carlisle, it was important to witness the historic event.
“We chose to go down just to be able to spend some time together. It was a great time with friends, it was sunny and also to look back and say ‘we made an effort, we were part of it. it’,” she said.
Paul Walker, from Cumberland Council, said: “Everyone had a good time, I think everyone reacted very well to the opportunity that came together.
“With these events, you never know what the reaction will be, but today’s reaction was amazing.”