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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Faces behind the urge to be fastest


CONISTON Water and Windermere figure strongly in the quest to be the fastest person on water.

Fighting on frontier as others went home


NOT all South Cumbrian soldiers spent the First World War in the trenches of France and Belgium.

Apprentices back in touch after 47 years


A MEMORIES Page article has provided the spark which got former workmates back together after 47 years.

Place for 50 million oysters to call home


WE turn the clock back 25 years for this look at the rather unusual work of a Walney oyster nursery.

Barrow’s role in end of the age of steam


THE man responsible for shutting down many of Britain’s rural railway lines was in Barrow 50 years ago to praise the town for its key role in killing off the age of steam.

Appeal launched to save priory treasure


A MAJOR appeal has been launched to save a unique Cartmel Priory document which is among an archive of historic documents threatened in a planned sell-off.

Ironworkers out on strike for 25 weeks


A MAJOR strike which affected an estimated 7,000 ironworkers brought Millom and Askam to the brink of ruin in 1889.

Struggling to supply millions of medals


EXCEPT for acts of special gallantry, Furness men and women who served in the First World War often didn’t get all their medals until 1921.

Chart-toppers arrive for screaming fans


TOMORROW it will be a half-century since the chart-toppers Herman’s Hermits arrived to get the fans dancing at Barrow’s 99 Club in Dalkeith Street.

Retracing steps of the medieval monks


ON Monday, August 8, in 1988 six monks set out to retrace the steps of the last abbot of Furness Abbey, Roger Pele, as he journeyed across the Leven Estaury.

Hiding your cash as the soldiers arrived


MORE than 350 years ago the towns and villages in Cumberland and North Lancashire were taking sides in a long and bitter conflict which sometimes saw brothers, or fathers and sons, on opposite sides.

Vintage ways to make use of water resources


WATER is one of the great assets of the Lake District and has been used in many different ways through the decades.

Furniture gives link to early days of lodge


MEMBERS of masonic lodges in Ulverston and Barrow have celebrated a 150th anniversary this month.

Dramatic stories of bravery on the waves


ON Saturday the Roa Island lifeboat station will host a special service as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations.

Branch line once held key to expansion into Lakes villages


THE Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway is today a short, preserved section of a branch line which stretched from Ulverston but was once in line to be part of something even bigger.

Digging for the story of island’s wartime role


FIND out how you can help unlock the First World War secrets of Walney Island during the public launch of a major archaeology and art project tomorrow night.

How island gave up its reserves of salt


AN insight into how Walney’s long-vanished salt industry would have been operated was provided by a Heritage Open Days event in Cheshire on Saturday.

Riding round the island on the coffee pot locos


SOUTH Walney was once an important source of gravel for the construction industry and had its own pier and railway system to get the bulky material off the island.

Hectic times as yard supplied war products


AN estimated 35,000 people worked around the clock at the Barrow shell shop, shipyard and engineering works to keep the nation supplied with its war needs.

Student gets chance to restore his castle


FIFTY years ago a teenager was offered the chance to give Dalton’s medieval castle a new lease of life.

Cows replace soldiers on anti-aircraft duty


MORE than 70 years ago the drone of German aircraft engines in the darkness brought into action a lonely, isolated field facing Morecambe Bay.

Take the chance for a close look at heritage


TALKS, walks, displays, paintings and even home cooking feature among the things you can do during Heritage Open Days.

Gymnasts required in story of showman


TODAY’S pictures are drawn from an extensive collection of theatre programmes which were brought to the Evening Mail office at Barrow by a reader.

Village puts research effort on public show


THE results of an extensive research project by members of the Askam and Ireleth History Group, the parish council and the Women’s Institute goes on public display on Sunday.

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