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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Dramatic stories of bravery on the waves

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

Student gets chance to restore his castle

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Railway took miners for rest in the country

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THE South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway opened in 1862 to take Furness Iron ore to the North East and bring back coke for the new furnaces of Barrow and Millom.

Golden days when two wheels were always best

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WE are taking a look at some vintage South Cumbrian motorcycles and scooters today to mark an upcoming show.

Finding the cash to keep lifeboats at sea

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BARROW lifeboat service will celebrate its 150th birthday tonight at a gala dinner and a key factor in its long life has been the ability to keep the funds coming in.

Ex-prime minister a star visitor at show

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ONE of the district’s oldest country shows “The l’al Royal” gets underway at Lowick on Saturday and to mark the event we have been taking a look at some of the highlights of the show 25 years ago.

Facing your fears on a flight into danger

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TO commemorate the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War we bring you a personal and terrifying description of what it was like to go on a bombing raid into strongly defended enemy territory.

War horses being put to the test

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IT was not only the young men of Furness who went off to war in 1914 – many of the district’s best race horses and plough animals also made the trip to war-torn France and Belgium.

Polish the boots for a new school season

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AS South Cumbrian schools get ready for the start of a new term and a new season of sporting fixtures we take a look a Barrow junior team from 50 years ago.

Giant pond left by the race to exploit our iron riches

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THESE days the giant pond formed by the Burlington Pit, at Park Mine, near Askam, is a beauty spot admired by ramblers and anglers but was once a scene of some feverish industrial activity.

Field crammed with 4,000 for country fun

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TOMORROW is the 128th staging of the Millom and Broughton Show and to mark the event we have taken a look at what it took to win the major trophies 25 years ago.

Digging for the story of island’s wartime role

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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.

Iron riches prompted cross-country route

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HOW the Victorians found ways to get the iron ore riches of Furness to the iron works of the North East – and bring furnace coke to Barrow – was explained to members of the Cumbria Industrial History Society.

Moving ceremony to heal divisions

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PATRICK Arnold travelled from his Kirkby home to Dublin at the end of last month to watch a piece of First World War history being made.

When the fairground rides arrived in Barrow

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MANY readers will have spent some of their most enjoyable bank holidays on the fairground rides which were once a regular feature in the town centre.

Woodland products for the textile mills

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A VICTORIAN steam engine will be setting the machinery in motion at a South Cumbria bobbin mill this weekend.

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