10 YEARS AGO The site was about to be revealed for a proposed waste treatment plant for Barrow. It was part of a £700m deal between Cumbria County Council and Shanks aimed at slashing the amount of rubbish sent to landfill. Lake District planners approved an extension to the historic Ivy House Hotel at Hawkshead. A semi-detached bungalow at Bristol Street,Walney, was offered for sale at £150,000. A terraced house at Canal Street,Ulverston, was £137,500. Lake District National Park planners decided caravans could be sited at Abbots Reading Farm, Haverthwaite, as part of a farm diversification project.

25 YEARS AGO Gas was discovered by explorers Clyde Expro 67ft under the seabed 10 miles off Walney. Firemen rescued a seagull which had been impaled on a television aerial in Abbey Road, Barrow. Almost 7,000 visitors had seen Barrow’s Dock Museum in its first fortnight, said manager Fiona Robertson. Work was almost complete to convert a railway station waiting room at Millom into a craft centre.

50 YEARS AGO You could earn up to 25p per hour working for Scottish Seafoods at The Fisheries in Cark. Barrow’s George Dixon retired from the North-West Gas Board after 47 years. A presentation was made at the company’s Abbey Road showrooms. Around 300birds killed by an oil slick on the Furness coast had been buried at Walney by Barrow Corporation workers.