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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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.

Bonfire message to have fun but keep safe from 1825

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AS South Cumbria celebrates the traditions of Bonfire Night we turn the clock back to 1987 for our pictures and almost 200 years for a message about having fun – but staying safe.

Paper symbols last through the decades

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WORKERS at poppy factories based in Richmond and at Edinburgh work hard all year – but this is the week when it matters most.

Scrapyard ship stars in Titanic disaster movie

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A LINER destined to be broken for scrap metal at Barrow had one last adventure when it served as a double for Titanic in a disaster movie.

Furness Abbey’s conservation features in study day

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THE world of medieval religious communities is put under the spotlight in a day of talks hosted by the University of Lancaster on Saturday.

War baby got to meet both her soldier brothers

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THE First World War baby Florence Knox will be 97 next month and has a remarkable letter announcing her arrival into the world to a soldier brother.

Feeding our furnaces with Arctic iron ore

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WHEN the iron ore mines of Furness and South Cumbria had shut or were reaching the end of their productive life a fleet of cargo boats kept the ironworks at Barrow and Millom supplied with a Swedish alternative.

Lakes thinker’s long impact on historians

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THE life of a great Lake District writer and thinker will be celebrated as part of a talks season this autumn.

Faces behind the urge to be fastest

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

Fighting on frontier as others went home

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

Apprentices back in touch after 47 years

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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