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


Barrow mayor Dave Roberts took the controls of the new £2.7m Barrow lifeboat Grace Dixon on a visit to the town’s RNLI base at Roa Island. The team put on a life-saving drill which involved rescuing a casualty from the sea.

A semi-detached house in Winchester Street, Barrow, was offered for sale at £115,000. A terraced house in Smeaton Street, Barrow, was £79,950.

Barrow’s Co-op Sports and Social club was celebrating after raising the £50,000 needed to buy its Dane Avenue bowling green from the Co-operative Society.

The number of young people given fines for being drunk and disorderly in Cumbria had risen by more than 70 per cent in the past three years, new figures revealed.


Pupils at Penny Bridge School were captivated by Big Duck and his handler Gary Bates from the Open Hand Theatre Company.

A detached house at Croft Park Grove, Barrow, was offered for sale at £120,000.

Furness MP John Hutton was backing Barrow staff at Risedale Retirement and Nursing Homes in a fight against a 14 per cent pay cut.

Barrow’s Citizens Advice Bureau dealt with 9,000 people in the past year, many of them caught in a vicious circle of debt, despair and family breakdowns. The number of people seeking help had grown by 3,000 in a year.


The new Austin Maxi car was unveiled at Barrow’s Barton Townley car showroom in Duke Street.

A semi-detached house at Derbyshire Road, Barrow, was offered for sale at £3,800.