In this week in history 25 YEARS KESWICK

Date: Tuesday 16th May 2017

Keswick will have to bear a higher call on the poll tax if the Town Council is to continue its present level of spending. The warning came from the chairman of the council’s Finance Committee, Mr. George Hodgson, at the annual Town Assembly.

Keswick will have to bear a higher call on the poll tax if the Town Council is to continue its present level of spending. The warning came from the chairman of the council’s Finance Committee, Mr. George Hodgson, at the annual Town Assembly.

Among the variety of art techniques on display at the Thornthwaite Gallery, near Keswick, is a demonstration of sculpture by former shipyard welder Ken Rowden. His noisy demonstrations of metal sculpture, using hammer, anvil and welding equipment, are sure to make sparks fly. Each year at the gallery well-known artists demonstrating their individual styles, ranging from sculpture and ceramics to watercolours and lace making.

The first Keswick Jazz Festival, which is being held in the town this weekend, is already being hailed as a sell out success. Organisers said that nearly all tickets were sold before the start of the event, which is expected to bring more than 1,000 visitors.


Breeders and exhibitors from a wide area gathered at Dalemain, Ullswater, for the Fell Pony Society’s stallion and colt show. Overall show champion was Heltondale Black Prince III, bred by Mr. W. Noble, Butterwick, and shown by Messrs. Potter and Capstick.


Although turning eleven only a matter of days before, Melmerby May Queen Heather Ivinson attended her twelfth annual event on Saturday, having made her first May Day appearance at the tender age of only four days old. Heather took over the title from fellow Langwathby School pupil Louise Phillips and the day proved the culmination of a hectic week for them both.


Former Penrith junior soccer player Stephen Finney marked his full senior Football League debut for Preston North End with a goal in their last game of the season. Stephen (18), who this year signed a contract with the third division club after joining them on a YTS scheme, scored in the 75th minute of their 2-0 victory over Bury.


A disappointing number of the electorate attended the annual meeting of Skelton Parish Council held at the Toppin Memorial Hall. Both the annual and the ordinary meetings were presided over by the chairman, Mr. J. Whitfield.



Allegations that village life would be destroyed and the peace interrupted for 120 pensioners if a Tebay man was allowed to run a caravan site were made at a planning inquiry at Kendal. Mr. Fred Braithwaite, bus operator, Scaur Terrace, appealed against the refusal of Westmorland County Council to grant planning permission for a 25-caravan site in Orton Road.


Canadian speculators are to use 52,500 dollars — about £20,000 — to promote a company which hopes to find at least 200,000 tons of zinc and lead ore in the 100-year-old Force Crag Mine at Braithwaite.


A North Westmorland farmer next week exports cattle to Portugal and Japan. Mr. Tom Carrick, Bolton, Appleby, is becoming well-known as an exporter of animals from his well-known Ullswater herd of British Friesians, for stock has already been sent to Russia, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, Italy and Spain.


Excavators working on the Penrith motorway have uncovered a Roman well and the site of a native hut also dating back to Roman times. Archaeologists have been allowed time for a quick examination of the discoveries before the machines complete their work. The remains were found in a field near Countess Pillar, Brougham, known to be the site of a Roman cemetery. A dual carriageway road is being built there to link the A.66 with the motorway and at this point a cutting is being made through high ground.


A young man from Dockray, Ullswater, will soon be returning to Canada with his eldest brother to work in the oil field of Calgary. He is 19-year-old Roger Shaw, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Shaw, live at Dockray Post Office.


A 14-year-old boy from Keswick is on watermanship training in Malta. Richard Wivell, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Wivell, “Greycote,” Eleventrees, Keswick, who was one of 30 boys from his school (King William’s, Isle of Man) Combined Cadet Force contingent, during which flew to Malta for a two weeks’ attachment to the Services.



A pair of robins have built their nest in a tennis shoe hanging on the side of the Tennis Club pavilion in High Fitz Park. The park-keeper, Mr. Breeze, noticed the preparations they made and although he was in and out of the hut daily, they were quite fearless. Four young robins are now tenants of the shoe.


Empire Day celebrations were held all over the town and flags were flown on public buildings. A special message was sent to Penrith New South Wales. At the Boys’ National School the pupils were marshalled in the playground where they saluted the flag in the presence of Canon Byrad, the Rev. R. H. Law. Mr. J. S. Yeates and Mr. R. Hetherington, managers.