In this week in history 25 YEARS EDENHALL

Date: Monday 16th April 2018
Hats of all descriptions featured in a fundraising Easter bonnet parade at Milburn 25 years ago. Judges Diane and Sid Steadman (back row) are pictured with some of the competitors
Hats of all descriptions featured in a fundraising Easter bonnet parade at Milburn 25 years ago. Judges Diane and Sid Steadman (back row) are pictured with some of the competitors

Spike, a large black cat living at Stoneygarth, Edenhall, has spent some of its nine lives very extravagantly in two years of life! When a tiny kitten about eight weeks old, its cries caught the attention of Gary Devlin, who found the animal in a builder’s skip in Carlisle with its legs tied to bricks. Eight weeks ago Spike came to live with Gary’s parents at Edenhall and soon took charge of the two dogs already there. The cat did not come for its supper one day and Mrs. Jacqui Devlin began to be anxious when it was still absent the following morning. The family began to call the cat across the road in the woods — and again the animal’s loud cry saved it. Spike was perched high at the top of a 40ft. tree and had to be saved by firefighters.

Spike, a large black cat living at Stoneygarth, Edenhall, has spent some of its nine lives very extravagantly in two years of life! When a tiny kitten about eight weeks old, its cries caught the attention of Gary Devlin, who found the animal in a builder’s skip in Carlisle with its legs tied to bricks. Eight weeks ago Spike came to live with Gary’s parents at Edenhall and soon took charge of the two dogs already there. The cat did not come for its supper one day and Mrs. Jacqui Devlin began to be anxious when it was still absent the following morning. The family began to call the cat across the road in the woods — and again the animal’s loud cry saved it. Spike was perched high at the top of a 40ft. tree and had to be saved by firefighters.

ALSTON

After hearing his son had been shot in the head by a Bosnian sniper, an Alston man later saw the shooting replayed on television and watched as his son walked away after a miraculous escape. Robert Bristo, of Park View Lane, first heard that his son, Peter, had been shot. Fearing the worst, he hardly dared to ask what had happened. “I was just too shaken at the time,” he said. His son was serving in Bosnia as a photographer for an Army newspaper and had already been in the former Yugoslavia for about six months. As an ITN camera crew filmed the scene, 29-year-old Peter was shot in the head by an unknown gunman. His helmet saved him from almost certain death. It stopped the bullet from entering his skull, leaving him with a minor fracture.

KESWICK

Despite accusations that they were becoming secretive, Keswick town councillors voted to adopt a new system of meetings which will scrap the present committee structure. A new system of monthly meeting looks likely to start in June for a six-month trial period.

The announcement of a crackdown on “boy racers” in the centre of Keswick has been welcomed by townspeople. The police have announced that they are taking a tougher line with youths driving cars at high speed in the Main Street and Market Place areas.

HARTSIDE

One of the finest views in England was made even clearer when famous engineer James Macadam unveiled a set of new viewing panels at Hartside summit — 170 years after engineering the road which climbs the Pennine fell from Penrith to Alston. Mr Macadam (played by Steve West) was accompanied by John Owen, director of Cumbria Tourist Board.

BROUGHAM

Brougham Hall, the Gothic mansion of the Lords Brougham and Vaux, which fell into decay earlier this century, is being painstakingly put back together again. The latest piece in the historical jigsaw is the famous devil’s head door knocker which now hangs again on the ancient oak doorway to the former stable courtyard. The original door knocker used to hang on the treasury door of Durham Cathedral and dates from 1140 but, because of its antiquity, it is now kept under lock and key and a bronze replica hangs on the cathedral door.

50 YEARS

LANGWATHBY

The Callender-Hamilton metal bridge which was placed over the damaged Portinscale Bridge, near Keswick, some years ago, is to be transported to Langwathby as a temporary replacement for the stone bridge washed away in the River Eden floods.

KIRKBY STEPHEN

Twenty-one pupils of Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, 11 boys and 10 girls, from the Second to the Sixth Forms left Kirkby Stephen for a ski-ing holiday to Austria. The party was in charge of Mr. A. Morrison, the physical education master, assisted by Miss H. Thorpe and Miss I. Pinner.

KESWICK

When a Keswick bride returns from her honeymoon she will immediately fly off to set up her new home in the United States. Miss Valerie Mary Gilpin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Gilpin, Stanger Street, Keswick, who has been a teacher on the staff of St. John’s School, Keswick, was married to Mr. Terence Burnell, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Burnell, Kirkstall, Leeds.

A bottle of lemonade which was found on the west face of Melbreak by a fell walker, Mr. George Tiffin, Lonsites, Keswick, suggests that some climber of the 1930s must have had a dry walk home. Mr. Tiffin found the lemonade almost completely hidden by heather and peat, about 1,500ft. up. It was in a bottle with an old-fashioned glass stopper and Mr. Tiffin thinks that it may be more than 30 years old. “The contents of the bottle appeared to be in excellent condition,” commented Mr. Tiffin’s fellow walker, Mr. J. Hughes, Carlisle.

100 YEARS

PENRITH

A small fire — but one which was relatively important to many people — occurred at the wooden outhouse in Penrith Castle grounds. The outhouse was built for use as an office and tool house when workmen of the Office of Works were engaged at the castle. Latterly allotment holders have been storing garden implements in the building. P.C. Bryne succeeded in saving a large quantity of implements, but many were destroyed.

The Rev. J. Hastings Eastwood, who has been on war work in France for six months, is expected home in Penrith.