Work was about to start on a £1.5m revamp of the Victorian Cooke’s Building in Abbey Road, Barrow, to create an arts centre.

The new mayor of Millom was Joan Hobbs. She took over the chains of office from Pauline Altree.

A terraced house in Devonshire Street, Dalton, was offered for sale at £79,950. A semi-detached house at Brow End, Urswick, was £162,000.

Police in Barrow were encouraging residents to set up Neighbourhood Watch Groups to help strengthen community ties.


A fresh plan to upgrade the A590 through High Newton with a road bypass was being put to Roads Minister Robert Key by Cumbria County Council and jobs and business agency Furness Enterprise.

A dozen workers were to be made redundant by Barrow-based manufacturer of blood products Drew Scientific. The firm made Glycomat for monitoring diabetes at its Furness factory which opened in 1992.

A rare first edition copy of Tale of Peter Rabbit by Lakeland author Beatrix Potter sold for £63,000 in a London auction.

Petrol firm Esso was to conduct a seismic survey looking for oil and gas in a four mile area off the Walney coast.


The officer in charge at Barrow Salvation Army was leaving after two years. Major Margaret Kennedy was to take command at the Middlesbrough Corps.

A new three-bedroomed detached house with full central heating was £4,995 on the Mountbarrow estate at Ulverston.

The unemployment rate for Barrow and Dalton was 2.9 per cent. Barrow had 831 people looking for work. Dalton had 101.