Explosion, drowning, fire and child labour in Ulverston industry talk

9 January 2017 5:48PM

THE triumphs and tragedies of industry in Ulverston feature in this Saturday's latest lunchtime talk in a series arranged by the Friends of the Coronation Hall.

Evening Mail Memories Page writer Bill Myers takes a look at "The Industries of Ulverston".

Find out about the exploding paper mill boiler which flew 40ft through the air, the dangers of a night on the drink before walking beside the canal to work and the use of Victorian child labour.

There will also be descriptions of factory fires, ladder falls, machinery without safety features and even an Ulverston ship launch.

A wide range of the town's former and current industries will feature - from making leather and pharmaceutical products to mining and iron making.

The talk starts at 1pm in the Coronation Hall's Supper Room and tickets cost £5, including refreshments, and £4 for members of the Friends of the Coronation Hall.

You can pay on the day, or get tickets through the Coronation Hall box office on 01229 587140.

There is more information on the work of the friends on the website at www.thecoro.uk or on facebook at www.facebook.com/Friendsof thecorohallulverston/

On February 11 the Coronation Hall Saturday lunchtime talk will be by Martin Cooper on "The Story of Lakeland Mountain Rescue".

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