25 YEARS KESWICK
A Keswick family’s dream holiday in Florida turned into a nightmare when they were caught in the middle of a raging storm which crippled the state. George and Jennifer Scott, of Eskin Street, were enjoying two weeks of American sunshine with their two youngsters and brother-in-law Peter Scott, from Penrith, when the weather took a severe turn for the worse. They managed to return safely home to Keswick and recalled how they were stranded for four hours on kitchen work-tops while their rented house was submerged under four feet of water.
A new lease of life is in prospect for the former Keswick railway station buildings closed since the collapse of Allerdale Borough Council’s timeshare operation more than two years ago. A local lady has negotiated a lease with the council and hopes to open an American style restaurant along with additional attractions “as soon as possible”.
Crime rates in the Penrith area and Cumbria as a whole are continuing a worrying upsurge that started last year — at about the same time the government introduced the new Criminal Justice Act. The act has already been criticised by the police as not providing an effective deterrent to criminals and creating mountains of extra paperwork which is taking officers off the street.
Brougham’s historic chapel is threatened with closure unless cash can be found for vital repairs. The Rev. Paul Hockey, team vicar at Clifton, is appealing for £7,000 which is needed for the urgent works to the chapel.
Eden woman Stella Edmondson has achieved her aim of becoming the country’s second-ever woman farrier after successfully completing a four-year apprenticeship in her chosen career. Stella (28), whose home is at Ellerside, Gaisgill, near Tebay, took her final examination at the world’s only farriery college in Hereford.
Mrs. Mary Margaret Lowis, the grand old lady of Shap, died at her home, Heatherbrae, at the age of 104, after a short illness. Mrs. Lowis, nee Miss Parker, was born in July, 1888, at Kemp Howe, where her parents farmed at the foot of Wet Sleddale valley. In a broadcast on Radio Cumbria, she delighted listeners with her reminiscences, recalling among other things how, as a child playing outside Wickerslack School, she and her classmates saw their first motor car and were totally dismayed by the horseless carriage.
For the first time ever, a woman is to take on the office of High Sheriff of Cumbria. Mrs. Margaret Helen Washington, of Dacre Lodge, has been chosen to become the county’s new High Sheriff from April.
There has been a new development in the controversy caused by Penrith Urban Council’s recent decision to allow whippet racing on Castletown’s recreation ground. Angry residents have signed a petition opposing the Council decision — which was carried without comment — and other opponents are the Castletown United Football Club who play their home fixtures on the field.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Benson saw Keswick fire brigade arriving to deal with a fire in the shop next door to their home in Latrigg Close — and got the surprise of their lives when water poured down their living room chimney. “We had been watching the firemen from the sitting room window. When the water came down the living room chimney we got a shock. It made quite a mess,” said Mrs. Muriel Benson. The firemen later got the chimney fire under control in the greengrocer’s shop next door, belonging to Mr. J. F. N Bailiff. A fire authority spokesman said later that the matter would be gone into but it was possible that there had been a break-down in the chimney linings.
A heavy sandstone cross fell from the chancel ridge of St. Columba’s Church, Warcop. The cross is carved within a circle and had a square plinth which was leaded into the chancel ridge. Violent winds and heavy gun fire vibrations from nearby Warcop Range could have loosened the shaft and caused the fall.
Over ten men and women in Lazonby and Kirkoswald, who gave help in caring for the killed and rescuing the injured on the occasion of the recent rail disaster near Little Salkeld, have received a cordial letter of thanks and a cheque for 5 gns. from the Midland Railway Company.
A motor mishap occurred at Appleby when a motor car belonging to Mr. Edward Hayton, Penrith, and driven by Miss Slack, Keswick, swerved in Bridge Street to avoid two dogs. The car mounted the footpath and knocked down Mr. Miles Hadwin, an Asby farmer. The unfortunate man was badly bruised about the shoulder and suffered from shock. He was taken to Dr. Sprott’s residence.