In this week in history 25 YEARS PENRITH

Date: Wednesday 11th July 2018

Penrith-born surgeon Hugh Barr is being acclaimed for his pioneering work as a cancer specialist. He recently performed a world first operation on a patient with liver cancer and is now developing another new cancer treatment at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Penrith-born surgeon Hugh Barr is being acclaimed for his pioneering work as a cancer specialist. He recently performed a world first operation on a patient with liver cancer and is now developing another new cancer treatment at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

A severe shortage of volunteers is hitting a Penrith charity shop which could be forced to close at certain periods. The Imperial Cancer Research shop, in Angel Lane, will close on certain half days and Saturday mornings, unless some willing volunteers come forward.


The former Westmorland county town is to retain its early warning siren and Eden Council will foot the bill for its ongoing maintenance, councillors agreed. The siren had previously been the responsibility of the Home Office since it was used as part of the national siren warning system. Now they no longer needed the system, the Home Office had said if organisations wanted to retain the siren they would have to meet the cost.


The County Education Committee have agreed not to take action against teachers over failure to administer Government prescribed tests for seven and fourteen-year-olds. Director of Education Pat Black said the result of the boycott in the county meant only a small minority of schools would complete assessments for seven-year-olds, only two schools would undertake the full range of tests and no secondary schools would be reporting outcomes.


An evening of water sports, fun and entertainment for all the family was held by the Lazonby and district swimming pool association. The heated open-air site at Lazonby looked at its best with the warm evening sunshine glittering on the water. Visitors were welcomed by the chairman of the association committee, George Barclay, and the compere for the event was John Brown.


Keswick’s new £800,000 first school has been formally handed over to the teaching staff who will welcome pupils in September. The site manager handed over the keys of the recently completed building to Canon Rex Chapman, of the Carlisle Diocesan Board of Education.

Keswick Lions Club distributed over £5,000 to those in need in the Keswick area in the past year. The total was announced at the club’s annual dinner at Newlands. During his year in office, the president, David Robinson, has also seen the club donate £750 to Sight First, the international appeal to help those suffering from eye diseases.


In recognition of eighteen years’ service as parochial church council secretary to Kirkby Stephen parish, a presentation has been made to Miss Norah Langley of a glass engraved plate. The beautifully engraved plate shows the parish church above an inscription recording the dates of Miss Langley’s term of office, from 1975-1993.



A rainstorm of almost incredible ferocity hit Penrith and the surrounding area setting the town’s main streets awash to a depth of several inches within minutes. The A.A. said it rained so hard that spray reduced motorists’ vision to just a few yards. The storm followed an ominous blackening of the skies, accompanied by lightning and thunder. Shoppers in the centre of Penrith were almost literally washed from the streets and took refuge in shops above the road level where the depth of water at places was almost a foot.

A ticket purchased by a Penrith woman, Mrs. Elizabeth Barnett, Lowther Street, won a £20,000 prize in the Irish Derby sweepstake. Mrs. Barnett, who bought the ticket in the name of her daughter, Mrs. Lorna Gruender, drew the favourite, Sir Ivor. The horse was surprisingly beaten into second position by Ribero, ridden by the English champion jockey, Lester Piggot. Mrs. Gruender, one of Mrs. Barnett’s four daughters, lives in Tacoma, Washington, in the United States. Her husband is employed in a weather bureau there.


Residents of a Shap caravan site rushed to the rescue of a woman who was burnt when petrol caught fire. Mrs. Nancy Cunningham, Fothergill House Caravan Site, received burns to both legs in the blaze which also damaged a car belonging to her husband. The fire apparently began when Mr. Cunningham was draining some petrol from the tank, which had been leaking quite a large quantity of fuel, spilled on to the ground near the vehicle. Someone lit a match to start a cigarette and, although Mrs. Cunningham was standing several feet away from the can, flames quickly spread to her.


Despite a petition signed by 144 people, the Cumberland Compensation Committee refused to renew the licence of the Greyhound Inn, Motherby. The Committee was told that the old people in Motherby would have to walk three-quarters-of-a-mile to Penruddock for a drink if “the Greyhound” were to close.



Two teams from the Canadian Forestry Companies at Penrith and Cliburn played a game of baseball on the racecourse as part of a sports program when Dominion Day — the Canadian national holiday — synchronised with the town’s holiday. The sports were watched by over 1,330 people, and £67 10s. was raised for the Prisoners of War Fund. Lord Lonsdale threw the ball for the baseball match which to local people seemed to be a blend of cricket and rounders. The Beacon team beat their Cliburn opponents by 10-4.

At a meeting of the Cumberland and Westmorland District Wages Committee it was decided to recommend a wage of 42s. a week and a week’s holiday for horsemen, cowmen and shepherds.