Do you remember when? What was in the South Cumbrian news 10, 25 & 50 years ago


Norman and son James Beech were limbering up on Coniston Water before a bid to row 2,500 miles across the Atlantic to raise £40,000 for charity and break two records.

Large parts of St James’ Church, Barrow, were covered in plastic sheeting to allow services to continue while a £180,000 restoration took place.

A semi-detached house in Market Street, Ulverston, was offered for sale at £290,000. A first floor flat in Chiltern Crescent, Barrow, could have been yours for £60,000.

A Japanese TV unit spent a weekend in Furness to film a piece about Barrow and Walney’s links with ships built for Japan – such as Mikasa.


There was to be a ban on strip shows in pubs after Barrow Borough Council’s licensing committee altered the terms of public entertainment licences.

More than 100,000 passengers had samples the golden age of steam at the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway in the past year, the highest figure for several years.

A chalet at West Shore Park, Barrow, was offered for sale at £5,000.

Hopes of a power-generating barrage across Morecambe Bay were dashed by Energy Minister Tim Eger who said the Government had scrapped its tidal and wave power programmes.


Minced steak was 24p per pound and ox liver was 14p per pound at branches of Dewhurst in Barrow, Dalton and Ulverston.

The England Amateur under-19 team to play France at Bradford included Roose winger Frank Billingham and Holker Pioneers forward Paul Kavanagh.