YOUNGSTERS held a parade with paper lanterns to mark 100 years since the death of a significant village and national personality.

The Mail, on January 21 in 2000, noted: “People from all over Britain gathered in Coniston yesterday to mark the centenary of John Ruskin’s death.

“Ruskin, who spent his final 28 years living on the shores of Coniston Water at Brantwood, is regarded as one of Cumbria’s most important historical figures.”

The author, critic, artist and social visionary died on January 29 in 1900and the centenary was marked with a special service of thanksgiving at St Andrew’s Church and a lantern procession to his grave.

A lantern was rowed across the lake on Ruskin’s boat, Jumping Jenny, to be displayed in the turret room at Brantwood.

The speaker at the church service was Robert Hewison, Professor of fine art at Oxford University.

Music at the service included that used for Ruskin’s 1900 funeral at Coniston and his memorial service at Westminster Abbey.