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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Winning village team could get 1,500 fans


THE Memories Page item on the trophy-winning exploits of Swarthmoor Football Club in the 1946/7 season (April 10) prompted plenty of calls – including one from a former player.

When pop chart-topper Angie Gold took charge behind Cumbria bar


BACK in 1990 pop star Angie Gold was the new landlady at the King William IV Hotel at Kirksanton.

Getting the wheels turning at old mill


THE Friday afternoon talk at Barrow Civic and Local History Society is about the water mills of South Cumbria so we have turned the clock back 25 years to look at a restoration project at Gleaston.

Park designer’s son was killed in action


MEN from all over South Cumbria fought for and died with the 5th Battalion of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment – including the son of the designer of Barrow Public Park.

Familiar call for more health service money


THE National Health Service has been part of Britain’s daily life for almost 70 years and there can be few times when it hasn’t needed more cash.

Guitar smashers made a big noise at old Public Hall


IT is now almost 50 years since the wild men of rock and roll smashed up their instruments on the stage of the old Public Hall – watched by 22 fans.

Town’s 13 butchers and a soap maker


TRADE directories can offer a snapshot of life in a town or village, describing all the latest buildings and listing its shops, services and leading citizens.

Touring circus one of year’s highlights


FEW public events could generate more excitement than the arrival in town of a travelling circus.

Foundry giving way to modern shopping


THE view across what is now the Tesco roundabout in Hindpool used to be of Caird’s foundry.

Preserving story of county’s rail system


CLASSIC images of the county’s railways at a time of change and crisis formed part of the day of talks at the annual meeting of the Cumbrian Railways Association,

Chance to get involved in major history project


A TEAM of heritage volunteers is being set up to record and interpret sites around Morecambe Bay – many of which are at risk of damage or destruction from erosion.

Risking their lives for the sugar in your tea


BRITAIN was at war 100 years ago but it still expected a spoon of sugar in its tea and was willing to send out men to risk their lives to get it.

New home for 300 years of county’s military history


CUMBRIA’S Museum of Military Life is settling into its new home in the Alma Block within Carlisle Castle after a major move.

Hopes for a day at the fair cost miner his life


OLD Furness newspapers are packed with snippets about the search for iron ore riches in Victorian times – and the risks of being a miner.

Off to the gasworks to fill pram with coke


TWO newspaper entries mark the beginning and the end for Dalton’s gas works.

Council volunteers its wagon for army service


LAST summer we featured a picture of a wagon with a Barrow registration plate which was being used by the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment as it guarded key transport links in southern England in 1914.

High hopes for new hovercraft service


THERE are so many significant centres of population found on the Morecambe Bay coast that several firms throughout the past 50 years have considered a hovercraft service to link them.

Cinema organ brings silent era back to life


THE golden era of the silent screen returns to the Royalty cinema at Bowness next month – with a theatre pipe organ to give the authentic experience of the movies before 1930.

Brave crew saves village from explosives disaster


SEVENTY years ago tomorrow a village was spared what could have been a major disaster thanks to the bravery of a rail locomotive crew.

Medals presented to the masters of speed


VETERAN motorcycle racer Les Trotter, from Walney, who contributes to the Mail’s Motorcycling Page on Fridays, visited a colleague of his who turned out to have a collection of medals from past Furness motorcycle racers .

A golden jubilee for our giant of the seas


A MIGHTY wave rushed across Walney Channel 50 years ago yesterday as the Queen launched British Admiral.

Ship hit a mine and sank in five minutes


WHEN HMS Jason was launched at Barrow in 1892 it was expected to be feared as a greyhound of the sea.

Shoe workers feature in night of memories


MAKING and spending your cash is the topic of Thursday’s trip down memory lane at the Askam and Ireleth History Society.

Rare chance to see our own movie stars


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


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?


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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