In this week in history 25 YEARS LANGWATHBY

Date: Tuesday 5th September 2017
Entertainers and spectators march through Glenridding before the start of the European arts festival at Glenridding 25 years ago.
Entertainers and spectators march through Glenridding before the start of the European arts festival at Glenridding 25 years ago.

Eden youngster Hannah Moatt is following in her mother’s footsteps after being chosen to attend a prestigious educational dance school. Next week, 11-year-old Hannah leaves her Langwathby home for the Arts Educational School at Tring in Hertfordshire — one of only five schools in the country recognised by the Council of Dance Education and Training.

Eden youngster Hannah Moatt is following in her mother’s footsteps after being chosen to attend a prestigious educational dance school. Next week, 11-year-old Hannah leaves her Langwathby home for the Arts Educational School at Tring in Hertfordshire — one of only five schools in the country recognised by the Council of Dance Education and Training.

PENRITH

The interest of Sir Angus Ogilvy in the success of Eden charity workers was highlighted when he visited Penrith. Sir Angus became so engrossed in talking to volunteers of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund that he finally had to “cut a dash” in order to catch his 2-30 train.

Retired Penrith businessman Mr. Tom Jones and his wife, Ruby, celebrated a golden wedding at their Wordsworth Street home. Exactly fifty years later to the day, they were joined by relatives and friends to celebrate the golden anniversary.

PATTERDALE

A major mountain rescue search centred on the Patterdale-Mardale area overnight when three 14-year-old scouts failed to complete a walk in atrocious conditions. Rescue teams from Patterdale, Penrith, Kendal and Kirkby Stephen were called out, along with an RAF helicopter, search and rescue dogs and an RAF Leeming mountain rescue team on exercise in the area.

KESWICK

Four candidates have been nominated for a vacancy on Keswick Town Council created by the resignation of Mr. Alistair Corfield.

Keswick sports will return next year and become a regular fixture on the Lakeland sporting scene despite the weather putting a dampner on the revival. Heavy showers throughout the afternoon meant that only a fraction of the expected crowd turned up to watch the track events.

ULLSWATER

Birds of a feather flock to the home of keen ornithologist and bird healer Miss Jen Holden, who lives on the shores of Ullswater. Miss Holden moved to Grizedale Cottage, Glenridding, thirteen years ago when she retired from her job as a dairy farm manager in Scotland. She had been a keen ornithologist all her life and has rescued many injured birds over the years.

LOWTHER

Lowther Women’s Institute annual flower show and handicraft exhibition was a great success, attracting new exhibitors. Overall entries were well up on last year, although vegetable section numbers were slightly down. Mrs. Noel Banks, president of Lowther WI, introduced the opener, Mrs. Doreen Galbraith, county chairman, who congratulated exhibitors on a wonderful display.

50 YEARS

KESWICK

Keswick Grammar School’s pet, three-year-old green African monkey, Sizoe, caused quite a stir when she escaped and took refuge in the visitors’ lounge in the Stanger Street guesthouse of Mrs. Edith Hodgson. When Mr. Tom Berwick — a member of the outdoor staff at the school who undertook to feed Suzie during the holiday of members of the teaching staff — went to her cage she had escaped into the outer hut and surprised him by jumping down on to his shoulder and then went out through the door. She found her way into the guesthouse and into the lounge, swung on the curtains, romped along the piano, knocked over a vase and ate the flowers, made short work of a lamp shade and chewed up the newspapers. Keswick police sent for Inspector Arthur Baldock, of the R.S.P.C.A., Whitehaven, but he was held up on a case, and it was not until 3-15pm when Suzie had been at large for five hours that two local men captured her.

MELMERBY

A 16-year-old youth, who was taken to hospital after a game of Rugby, was said to be in a “fair” condition following an operation in Newcastle General Hospital. John Christopher Morton received a knock on the head during a practice game at Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

PENRITH

A Penrith lady, Miss Jennie Burrell, Garden Close, who is blind, is to take part in the final of a talent contest at Pontin’s holiday camp, Middleton Tower, Heysham. Miss Burrell went on a week’s holiday with a group from Penrith Evergreen Club and won the competition which attracted fifteen contestants. She sang a song, entitled “The Wedding”, the words and music having been taught to her by a friend, Miss Helen Rankin.

HIGH HESKET

An attractive young mother, Mrs. Gwen Mason, High Hesket, won the Northern Counties Water Ski-ing championship at Roundshay Park, Leeds, in partnership with Mr. Charles Wilson, Kirkby Thore.

100 YEARS

KABER

A well-known agriculturist in the Upper Eden Valley, Mr. John W. Pickering, died in Kirkby Stephen at the age of 85. Mr. Pickering farmed under Lord Hothfield at Kaber for over 30 years from 1877.

BLENCOWE

A. R. Wannop, son of Mr. T. Wannop, Little Blencowe, and a pupil of Penrith Grammar School, has been awarded a Bartlett Scholarship, value £40 per annum for three years, by Liverpool University.

KESWICK

The “old times change and give place to new” has been illustrated in the passing of Mr. Christopher M. Boustead, Keswick’s roadman-poet. He served the town for 34 years, first working for the Local Board and latterly for the Urban Council. Daily tidying the streets and repairing and re-laying tarmacadam, he could have been said to have been the town’s caretaker.