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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Twins faced Olympics and warfare together

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WHEN twin brothers Noel and Christopher Chavasse went off to the First World War, one was armed with a medical bag and the other with a Bible.

Snow drifts couldn’t stop coal deliveries

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EVERY winter has days when the weather does its worst but few could match 1940.

Starting gun fired for major changes in old town centre

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FIFTY years ago the legal steps were being put in place for what has been the biggest single change to the look of Barrow town centre.

Pay the toll or take a risk across the sands

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GETTING from Furness and Millom to the outside world was a long and potentially dangerous task in the 18th century.

Time for graft on the home front

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ONCE Millom’s patriotic fervour had passed when its territorial soldiers marched off to war in August 1914 it was time to knuckle down to a long struggle.

Centuries of heading in search of bargains

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SHOPPERS have been heading to Dalton in search of bargains for the best part of 800 years.

No selfies available at photographic studio

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MORE images of people and places are captured today than at any point in history, thanks to mobile phones, satellites and CCTV.

Fiddle playing calmed anger of a raging bull

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NEARLY 200 years ago – long before industry brought new people to Furness – the name Kirkby-Ireleth was enough to describe the wide area from modern Askam to Grizebeck.

Lakeland engineer was killed by lion

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BULLETS, shells, gas and illness accounted for most of the army deaths in the First World War but chance also played a cruel part.

Happy silver jubilee

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TWO dozen former pupils and a retired staff member from Barrow Girls’ Grammar School have got together to talk over old times.

Steamer sinks after sub takes on pirates

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WHEN the commander of the Barrow-built sub L4 was called on to deal with pirates he decided to adopt a muscular approach.

Your photos can turn clock back at mines

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AN appeal has been made to Memories Page readers to dig out any old pictures which could help turn the clock back at former mine offices in Millom.

Airman’s heroic last struggle in the skies

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FEW men died in such a daring First World War struggle as the Barrow airman John James Nicholls.

Slow boat takeaway for chip shop couple

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A PASSION for boats was a key reason behind the retirement of Ulverston fish and chip shop owners Don and Joyce Butler 25 years ago.

Keeping your washing white was major task

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FOR decades the quality of whites on washing day was down to a special product from South Cumbria.

Young and old come out to play

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WE are stepping back in time to the 1950s and 1960s for this group of Millom pictures which were all taken in good enough weather for being in the greatoutdoors.

Land of imagination turns into a car park

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MANY older readers will remember their visits to see the movies at the Electric Theatre in Buccleuch Street.

Spoilt for choice in shops of 1974

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TODAY we are turning the clock back 40 years to have a look at the goods and services you could buy in Ulverston town centre.

In the footsteps of our war heroes

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TODAY thousands of Britons will be touring the battlefields of France and Belgium to visit the graves of relatives as we mark the centenary year of the start of the First World War.

The place to try out the latest in fashion

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ONE of the best known fashion outlets to be found on Dalton Road, Barrow, was that of Woodruff’s.

Putting on a show for us all to remember

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WE are taking a look at some of the shows and people who have entertained us over the past 40 years thanks to a group of old theatre programmes which were dropped off by a Barrow Memories Page reader.

Father and son went for a life on the lake

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WE are off for a voyage into the past with a father and son who skippered the Windermere vessel Teal.

Island fishermen land a man-eating shark and diamond

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PLENTY of people have caught large fish off Walney but few can claim to have landed a man-eating shark with a diamond ring in its stomach.

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