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Saturday, 07 March 2015

Rare chance to see our own movie stars

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THERE will be a cast of hundreds on show next Tuesday as Furness goes to the movies – and every character on the screen could well be a friend or relative.

Town’s comic genius was joking to the end

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FIFTY years ago this week the world of comedy lost one of its timeless stars with the death, aged 74, of Ulverston-born Stan Laurel.

Appeal saves husband but who killed wife?

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ON this day in 1931 a Millom man was facing a date with the hangman after being found guilty of murdering his wife.

Appeal saves husband but who killed wife?

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ON this day in 1931 a Millom man was facing a date with the hangman after being found guilty of murdering his wife.

Aspiring towns lit their names in gas

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THE rise of gas lighting on the streets and in the home can be a useful guide to the growth and relative importance of Cumbria’s towns.

My battle alongside the young Winston

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IT’S hard to imagine the British wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill as a young man but back in 1898 he was fightng in a very different conflict in the company of a South Cumbrian man.

Plenty of prizes for a growing passion

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AS keen vegetable growers start to chose their seed potatoes and onion sets ready for the start of the planting season, we take a look at some of the finished products.

Baron pays with his head for losing battle

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IN the days when important people lived in great castles, you could be one lost battle, bad debt, or poor political alliance from losing the lot.

Three-way battle to be top of the traders

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WINDERMERE has long been a key attraction for the Lake District and there has been an equally long struggle to be The Lakes’ chief trading centre.

Praise for wartime work of ground crew

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THERE has always been plenty of praise for daring pilots and flight crews who carried out bombing raids during the Second World War – but ground crews are often overlooked.

Stone tower saved man from high tide

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IT is hard to travel anywhere without using bridges to cross railway lines, rivers and even canals.

Villagers enjoy a big helping of panto fun

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PANTO fun is a traditional antidote to the dark, dreary days of winter.

Tracing ties between artists and industry

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ART and industry might seem strange bedfellows but there have been strong county links going back more than a century.

Boy sailor died in battle aged just 16

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PROBABLY the youngest Furness person to die in the First World War was 16-year-old William Victor Simmons.

Shaping our opinion of the lakes country

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HOW opinions about the Lake District changed more than 100 years ago is the subject of a series of talks by experts.

A time of milk monitors and hymn singing in class

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AMONG former pupils who took the chance to have a look round St James Junior School, Barrow, before the youngsters move to a new building in February, was Derek Walmsley.

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.

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