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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Praise for wartime work of ground crew


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


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


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

Tracing ties between artists and industry


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

No selfies available at photographic studio


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


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


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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