In this week in history 25 YEARS PENRITH

Date: Monday 11th September 2017
A group of young cyclists from the Alston area line up for the camera, not the judges, at Alston show 25 years ago. Pictured are Mark Teasdale, Graham Teasdale, Martin Lee, Neil Alderson and Nicholas Walton.
A group of young cyclists from the Alston area line up for the camera, not the judges, at Alston show 25 years ago. Pictured are Mark Teasdale, Graham Teasdale, Martin Lee, Neil Alderson and Nicholas Walton.

Penrith golfer Stephen Dudson notched a remarkable hole in one during a competition at Keswick. Stephen, a member of the Penrith club, holed out at the 16th for his first ace in 29 years of playing golf. The ball hit a tree at the back of the green and rebounded into the hole.

Penrith golfer Stephen Dudson notched a remarkable hole in one during a competition at Keswick. Stephen, a member of the Penrith club, holed out at the 16th for his first ace in 29 years of playing golf. The ball hit a tree at the back of the green and rebounded into the hole.

Penrith Town Band are reaching the end of another busy season in which members have delighted audiences of all ages. The first concerts were in conjunction with Reflection, the Methodist ladies’ choir, and raised over £270 for local charities. These performances were followed by a concert at the Penrith United Reform Church and another in the town’s Rotary garden of St. Andrew’s Church.

APPLEBY

Eden councillors have voted to give £350,000 towards Appleby’s £650,000 new indoor swimming pool — in the hope of providing a lead for other funding agencies.

LITTLE STRICKLAND

Eden teenager Graham Duff can officially take to the skies piloting his own plane before he can legally drive a car on the road! Graham (17), of Little Strickland, near Penrith, was one of only 150 teenagers selected from 10,000 to undertake training with the RAF to pass his private pilot’s licence.

ALSTON

Alston Agricultural Society’s 154th anniversary was celebrated by the annual show. A beautiful day helped to make the event among the best there has been, with exhibitors coming from a wide area and a big turn-out of spectators adding to an increase in gate takings.

KABER

The fourth annual Kaber show, again held in perfect weather, was given an auspicious start by the gift of a generous cheque, sent to this year’s president, Mr. W. Dowson, by relatives living near Cambridge, who had seen news of the event in the “Herald”.

LAZONBY

Farmers’ delight at a buoyant trade for Mule gimmer shearlings at Lazonby mart has been tempered by fears that the market may be “over heating”. Over 13,000 shearlings went through the Lazonby ring, fetching an average of £72, about £19 up on the year. Top price was £87, to Gordon Jackson, Little Beck, Kings Meaburn.

50 YEARS

BROUGH

Testing for brucellosis on farms in the Eden Valley hit cattle entries at the old-established Brough agricultural show. On a showfield where Shorthorn classes once boasted as many as 25 entries, there was only one exhibitor in this section while the Friesian and Ayrshire classes were only slightly stronger. But in marked contrast to recent events in the area, the show was favoured with bright sunshine and it was hard to understand why more people did not give it their support.

KESWICK

Magistrates at Keswick were told of an unusual attempt to “climb” Helvellyn. A Lancashire man was before the court and fined £1 on a charge that “on 18th June at Helvellyn, without lawful authority, he drove a motor vehicle on certain common land”. Supt. R. Walker said members of Whitehaven Motoring Club reported seeing a car being driven on Helvellyn. When seen by P.C. Holt, of Lancashire Police, the man admitted driving a car and explained that it was an attempt to reach the top and make camp, and establish what would have been a record had he reached it. Had he known it was against the law the attempt would not have taken place.

PENRITH

A careless match or a dropped cigarette end in a Penrith office in the last few weeks could have had disastrous consequences. “No Smoking” notices went up in the Middlegate premises after two 400 gallon petrol tanks were found just beneath floor level. In them was a mixture of petrol and water and an operation had to begin to empty the contents and make the tanks safe. The story begins nearly forty years ago when a garage stood where the office now is. When it closed the petrol tanks were merely filled up with water.

GREYSTOKE

A Canadian lady whose ancestors came from the Greystoke and Patterdale areas is to tour the Lake District to see all the beautiful places she has heard described by her parents and grandparents. She is Mrs. Annie Morris, of Vancouver, who, with her husband, is spending a holiday in England. Her father was Henry Walmsley Thwaites and her mother was Miss Mary Coward before her marriage.

100 YEARS

KESWICK

Nurse Tyson, who for 15 years has been the district nurse for St. John’s parish, is leaving Keswick, and, at a meeting of subscribers in the Battersby Lecture Hall, she was presented with £35.

GREYSTOKE

A successful children’s vegetable, wild flower and wild fruit show was held in the school-room. Prizes were also given for essays, the proceeds being in aid of the funds of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. The vegetables had all been grown by competitors, and they reflected great credit upon the juvenile gardeners.

PENRITH

Much indignation has been aroused among Penrith allotment holders owing to several thefts which have been made from the plots. The offenders should remember that thefts from wartime allotments are punishable under the all-powerful Defence of the Realm Act, and this some of them may learn to their cost.