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Laundry girls’ sprint triumph at White City

OPENING OF THE ALLONBY WORKING MEN’S READING ROOM: On Thursday last, the new Working Men’s Reading Room at Allonby was opened by Lord Brougham, in the presence of a large company.

The day was beautifully fine, and the quiet little village was very gay. Flags were displayed from the new building, and the Maryport Artillery band was in attendance.

At one o’clock Lord Brougham arrived in a carriage from White Hall. He was met by the band, who played him to the Inn, from whence he proceeded to the new hall, where there was a brilliant audience awaiting his arrival.

Lord Brougham said the reading room would be a rival to the ale house, and he quoted lines from the great Christian poet, Cowper: “The curse of every age and every clime, Drink leads to want and want conducts to crime.”

September 4, 1862

DERWENTWATER BATHING AND SWIMMING CLUB: Aquatic sports in connection with the above club were held on Wednesday afternoon.

The various events took place immediately in front of the bathing houses belonging to the club. Prizes, consisting of gold and silver medals, knives, books etc, were given, some by the club and some by various gentlemen in the town and neighbourhood.

September 7, 1887

WHITEHAVEN BOY’S ACCIDENT AT LOWCA COLLIERY: A serious accident occurred at the Lowca Pit on Thursday afternoon to a boy named Thompson, living at Whitehaven.

Whilst he was oiling a machine his hand was accidentally caught between two rollers, four of his fingers being crushed. The boy was attended by Dr Fletcher, of Workington.

Two of the fingers are very much injured, and probably will have to be amputated.

September 5, 1912

WHITEHAVEN LAUNDRY GIRLS RELAY TEAM: Whitehaven Laundry girl sprinters ended up their season in a blaze of glory on Saturday at the London Industry Sports held at the White City Stadium, London, where they justly qualified for the title of “Relay champions of the laundry industry”.

The Whitehaven girls have made successful appearances at sports at Bolton, Manchester and Carlisle, where they won upwards of 50 prizes, and competed with distinction against the crack women’s club of the north, the Manchester Athletic Club.

September 9, 1937

HOLIDAY CAMP PROJECT FOR SILLOTH: A holiday camp in Silloth is being planned by a well-known British businessman who on Monday paid a substantial sum for 70 acres of the former RAF Silloth airport.

Silloth has a small rainfall; a healthy climate and was strongly recommended in 1928 by the late Mr Neville Chamberlain to his friends as an ideal health seaside resort for tired politicians.

September 6, 1962

CRACKDOWN ON LITTER-LOUTS: Cumbria police are cleaning up on litter-louts amid reports that the county heads the league table for litter prosecutions in the North West.

Latest annual figures reveal that county police took action against 174 people for litter offences, of whom 164 were fined. This compared with 79 in Lancashire, 44 in Greater Manchester, 28 in Merseyside and 27 in Cheshire.

September 3, 1987


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