In this week in history 25 YEARS APPLEBY

Date: Tuesday 2nd August 2016

An Appleby teenager has returned from a Buckingham Palace garden party where she met both Prince Philip and Prince Edward. Nineteen-year-old Debra-Marie Burns, of Drawbriggs Lane, was one of around 1,500 young people to attend the party for recent winners of the Duke of Edinburgh’s gold award. She was accompanied by her parents, Ronnie and Jennifer Burns.

An Appleby teenager has returned from a Buckingham Palace garden party where she met both Prince Philip and Prince Edward. Nineteen-year-old Debra-Marie Burns, of Drawbriggs Lane, was one of around 1,500 young people to attend the party for recent winners of the Duke of Edinburgh’s gold award. She was accompanied by her parents, Ronnie and Jennifer Burns.

EDEN

A red-faced Eden toddler drove Penrith firemen “potty” when he got his head wedged inside a toilet seat. The toddler’s alarmed mum brought him into Penrith fire station where he was freed by station officer Chris Hayton using a hacksaw. Despite having dealt with a variety of weird and wonderful incidents in the course of their job, Penrith firemen had never come across anything like this before. The boy’s name has not been released to save him any more flushes!

The 66-year old Royal Observer Corps, which gives the country its earliest warning of a nuclear attack, is to be stood down in September because of defence cuts. There are 870 ROC posts across the country, including that in Penrith, and they act as a field force passing on information to government sources about nuclear attacks and radioactive fall-out.

SHAP

Housing for local people was given a boost with the opening of ten newly-built flats at Shap. The £268,252 development, at Cross Garth, was carried out by the Two Castles Housing Association, and will provide much needed homes for rent.

LOWTHER

Competition is set to be even hotter at this year’s Lowther Horse Driving Trials, with an unparalleled entry list of top drivers in all classes. Amongst the entrants at this year’s trials — being staged from 9th to 11th August — is the Duke of Edinburgh, who will be driving a team of the Queen’s Fell ponies.

PENRITH

Penrith pair Stanley and Isabel Dixon have clocked up a remarkable sixty years on the marital clock and are as much in love as ever. They celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at Roundthorn Hotel with around thirty family members and friends. “A fair slice of a lifetime” is their comment on their years together.

KIRKBY STEPHEN

A sizeable crowd gathered on Sawmill Bridge to watch the fourth annual duck race staged by Kirkby Stephen Pot Leek Club. Just upstream, a real swan was confusing the issue, and downstream a stray dog threatened to sabotage the flotilla of plastic ducks.

ARMATHWAITE

A major construction and surfacing company are seeking planning permission from Eden Council to extract four million tonnes of sand and gravel over a fifteen-year period at Armathwaite. Tarmac Roadstone, a member of the Tarmac Group, want permission to quarry Low Plains Farm, Armathwaite.

50 YEARS

WARCOP

Three Warcop youngsters will get a glimpse of modern Army weapons when they join visitors to the Northern Command Arms and Services Display at Warcop. They are Robert Ellwood, Donald Coward, and Joseph Richardson.

KESWICK

Mr. Walter Seal, a well-known Keswick collector, has a £1 note which he thinks could be worth over £50. He himself paid £20 for it from a friend. The numbers on the note are different, probably due to a numbering machine running out of register. One number of the serial reads 7 and in the opposite corner the letter 6 is shown.

PENRITH

This has been a notable week for Penrith so far as bowling is concerned because T. W. Armstrong, a member of the Castle Park club, has secured distinction for himself, his club and also for the town by becoming the first Penrith player ever to win the county championship — a success which calls for high and consistent bowling skills.

Another of Penrith’s disappearing links with the past has gone with the retirement of 73-year-old Mr. George McCullock from his hawking business. The retirement ends a family concern which stretches back well over a hundred years and is known to scores of people in the town and surrounding district. At his home in Foster Street, Mr. McCullock said: “I have had a hawker’s licence for fifty years, but ill-health has forced me to give up.”

HUNSONBY

Hunsonby has won the title of Cumberland’s Best-Kept Village for the second year in succession and has also won the new award for the best-kept housing estate.

100 YEARS

PENRITH

A record dividend of 10 per cent. was announced at the annual meeting of Penrith Farmers’ Auction Company Ltd. Mr. I. E. Brownrigg, Matterdale, who presided, and Mr. J. Thornborrow, managing director, commented on the record. Messrs. Holliday and Scott were re-elected directors and Mr. F. T. Kenyon was re-appointed auditor.

KESWICK

Although the customary large assembly saw the Bishop of Durham give the opening address in the Eskin Street tent, it was estimated that 2,000 fewer visitors attended this year’s Convention.

KIRKBY STEPHEN

The annual Free Church hospital service was held at the Wesleyan Church. Prior to the service, Kirkby Stephen Brass Band headed a procession through the town. Organisations represented included the Free Church Council, Odd-fellows, Rechabites, Ambulance Class, Railwaymen’s Union and Boy Scouts. The service was conducted by the Revs. A. Smith and J. Martin. The Rev. F. A. Young was the preacher.