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Monday, 25 May 2015

Sub-aqua delivery on stamp anniversary

THE 150th anniversary of the famous penny black stamps was marked in an unusual way back in May 1990.

Golden era of the variety acts gets return to stage

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SOUTH Cumbria has a long tradition of variety entertainment and these Evening Mail archive pictures from the 1980s and 1990s show a return to the good old days by the Ulverston-based Gaiety Ensemble.

Rail station mix-up brought firm to town

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WHITEHAVEN’S loss turned out to be a gain for Barrow when Issiah Stoller, founder of the family furniture firm which is celebrating its 110th anniversary, got off at the wrong railway station.

An invite to party like its 1945

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MILLOM gets into party mood at the end of the month to mark two anniversaries.

Film night features lost valley industry

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THE story of two lost industries of the Leven Valley feature in a film show tonight.

Diver claims to have found town sub wreck

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PICTURES taken by a diver may have finally revealed the resting place of the wreck of a Barrow submarine which was sunk in action 73 years ago.

Book recalls cost of war on communities

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THE sacrifice made by the soldiers of Dalton and Newton in the First World War feature in a new book called Who Do You Think They Were?

National recognition for special deliverer

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BACK in May 1990 the Askam postwoman Maureen Burns was a national finalist in a contest to discover Britain’s favourite postie.

Industry and trade links forged across the waters

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MOVING bulky and heavy goods by sea, river and canal was the easiest method before the arrival of the railways in the middle of the 19th Century.

Stitching mattresses and carpets in 1946

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WE can give you an insight into what it was like to work at Stollers almost 70 years ago thanks to 84-year-old Rita Barnes.

Island’s ambition to make cash from salt

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ATTEMPTS to make cash out of the huge reserves of salt which were found under Walney are the subject of a new book.

Emigration link found in anniversary display

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AN American link has been found by Barrow Salvation Army as part of a living history exhibition to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the national movement,

Regiment’s disastrous losses as hundreds simply vanished

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SOUTH Cumbria suffered a disaster on May 8 in 1915 at the Battle of Frazenberg.

Street heard radio message of victory

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WE can tell you the story behind this VE Day picture from May 8 in 1945 thanks to one of those shown on it.

Poems influenced by rhythm of industry

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THE landscape description and poetry of Millom writer Norman Nicholson was the focus of a talk by Neil Curry at the spring conference held by the Cumbria Industrial History Society at the Shap Wells Hotel, near Kendal.

Family company marks very special anniversary

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ONE of the oldest and best known of South Cumbria’s companies is celebrating its 110th birthday this year.

Flag-waving fun as war draws to a close

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TOMORROW will mark the 70th anniversary of the VE Day celebrations for Victory in Europe against the forces of Nazi Germany.

Voters tempted by lure of gold coins

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POLITICS is serious stuff as thousands of South Cumbrians get ready to cast their votes tomorrow but in the dim and distant past our Parliamentary elections were often an excuse for drunken behaviour and blatant bribes.

Skeletons of a failed campaign

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THE seabed off Turkey is littered with the rusting hulks of landing craft, submarines and mighty battleships which were all naval victims of the Gallipoli Campaign 100 years ago.

How to keep happy and hopeful at 90

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REGULAR Memories Page contributor Allan Hodgson has reached his 90th birthday and has helped celebrate the event by writing a book on what it takes to reach such a grand age and still have a smile on your face.

Public Hall date for top recording stars

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FIFTY years ago the big Barrow venues were attracting some of the top names in the recording industry.

Did resurrection man become slave trader?

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A POSSIBLE link to Millom has emerged from research into the activities of slave traders working out of Lancaster and Liverpool in the 18th century.

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