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EDITOR’S NOTE April has been the longest month of my life, since records began. We hear since records began all the time now, making it sound so dramatic...I like it. My dramatic April was partly due to the school being shut for two weeks. My wife bought our little girls a digital clock and attached a post-it note which said 07:30. Only when they could see those digits could they get out of bed. It didnt work. Instead, they waltzed in our room, wearing post-it note ear-rings, shouting “its nothing six dot dot one five”... not nice. Many thanks to all our readers who sent in their Crossword entries, especially to our winner, Mrs Tonge from Dalston. Congratulations to the Stanwix Scout Group who found ‘North’ Bear on a litter picking exercise - their group picture will appear in the next issue. Well done to Emma and Charlie who found ‘South’ Bear in Cotehill. Note the change of rules to the Where’s Bear Competition to make it a little fairer for all. Thanks again to all our advertisers and contributors for helping to produce another cracking issue. Roll on the summer….

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NAME Jenn Farrell AGE 48 Marital status Married to David and has two children, Tom and Hannah LIVES Aglionby, Carlisle JOB Joint Owner, Stone Eden Group

My motto in life is to enjoy life to the full and try to make the most of each day The people I admire most are those who mean the world to me - my husband and my two children, Tom and Hannah My life would be a lot easier if I could remove the people and processes which make business and family life more complicated My simple solution as a parent, a wife and a business owner is to make decisions which YOU think are right, rather than worrying about expectations of others My favourite film mmm, you are asking someone who hardly ever goes to the cinema, and hardly ever watches TV, however we really love the theatre... and one of my favourite productions is Blood Brothers. We love to support The Theatre by the Lake as well as going to the West End on trips down to London. I am most proud of David and I setting up Stone Eden Group and also the sporting and academic achievements of our children, Tom and Hannah. The things I like most about my job are the flexibility and independence of owning your business and giving From Top: children from three months of age the opportunity to develop and flourish within a semi-rural environment. Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers My hobbies As a former athlete myself, David and I have and with their spent the past 40 years either participating ourselves daughter leaving in our own sports, or taking our children to sporting for the USA, they fixtures. It looks as though Hannah will go off to University in the USA this summer, so David and I are are soon to be planning our life as empty nesters. empty nesters.

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BeautyNews Latest head to toe treats from beauty editor Louise Reed


he beauty industry is fast is Shellac. This special changing...a bit like our formula, applied only in Cumbrian weather. This issue we a salon, brushes on just will feature what’s the latest word like normal nail polish on nail trends, yes ladies, its but wears like a gel. finally time to get our hands out of those Nails are prepped in the wooly mittens. Well manicured fingernails same manner as a basic always finish off your look so here are easy nail manicure. As a time-served nail care tips that don’t take much work or time: technician myself, something I am often asked is ‘Will an enhancement ruin my nails Cut Your Nails After Your Shower or Bath or make them thinner?’ Any enhancement When you need to trim your nails, it’s best to a natural nail will dehydrate the surface, to do it after they’ve been soaking for some just as constantly wearing time. They are more pliable and Toning down polish will. However, acrylic easy to trim without cracking. your nails is the enhancements have come a You don’t need to specifically soak the nails if you don’t have new way to play long way and, when applied correctly, are now time, just cut them right after it cool considerably less abrasive on your shower or bath. They’ll be the natural nail. But not evperfectly ready to cut. Always eryone wants or needs nail extension. Shellac cut toenails straight across and do not file (like other gels) can be gently removed and down the sides to prevent ingrowing nails, the reapplied fortnightly and stays chip resistant strongest shape for fingers is slightly rounded. with a high shine. It also dries instantly, Push Back Cuticles Give your cuticles a saying goodbye to chips and smudges. One gentle push back and put a dab of cuticle oil thing to remember though, if your nails are every day after your shower. very thin to start with they will always need a Wear Clear Nail Hardening helping hand, but applying Shellac can help Polish If applied daily it will protect them. I speak for most technicians harden your natural nail as well when I say one of the most annoying things as giving your nails a smooth, is when people say ‘Acrylics (or gels) ruined shiny finish. I recommend OPI my nails’! It is actually the incorrect removal Nail Envy for hardening. of acrylic/gel enhancements that causes the Trends for this season are either damage. Please leave it to the professionals. bright pastels or pale nudes toning down your nails is the Does nail polish expire? Bottles usually new way to play it cool. Get don’t have an expiration date, but it does the ‘pale nail’ look using thicken with time. To keep it lasting neutral cream shades or try applying two longer store it in the fridge. If the nail coats of natural colour polish capped off with polish becomes “chunky” try adding a topcoat. One of my favourite’s, which took drop or two of nail-polish remover and the beauty industry by storm a few years ago, shake until smooth.

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arnessing the positive energy all around you could be just the tonic you need. Your wellness depends on it. Devouring those with endless energy is not just permitted it is now an order and from the top. Emotions are highly contagious a new study has revealed. Researchers in Finland have found that someone’s emotional expression triggers a mirrored reaction. The study proved that our brains and bodies synchronise with those around us. Now I know why I dislike supermarkets so much. Put us all together en-masse we will all behave in a similar way. I am a firm believer that we can express ourselves without saying a word. A fleeting glance does not tell you a great deal about that person unless they are expressive in the way they look. Take myself as an example. I love colour. No surprise to anyone who knows me. It is everywhere around me. I drench myself in it. This applies to our home too. Our kitchen alone has grass green walls, a lilac AGA, deep pink cabinetry and my beloved KitchenAid artisan mixer is a beautiful sunshine yellow. I am about to reacquaint myself with our Francis Francis espresso machine– soft pink, naturally. My energy levels are irrepressible and I believe it’s no coincidence that my colourful life is just that – colourful. I ignore anything dull and that does include people. Colour makes me giddy with excitement. Did you know that the human eye has more receptors for the colour yellow than any other colour? Is there any other colour that better sums up the summer? I bet you have bright colours to wear, but what do you do? You save them for parties or special days. Forget that. Every day is special. Put them on now and set out to be noticed. Be outrageous. Believe in you and dazzle.

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ear Reader - you may detect a certain continental flair to my tone this month. Having bored quickly with the position of High Sheriff of Brampton (my planning application has been given the nod) I now feel the need to expand my horizons further. Regular readers of this column will be aware that I have had my eye on taking over the motoring section in this magazine for quite some time. The idea of driving around in fancy cars appeals to me. I once again brought this matter up with the Editor - he suggested that the new post of International Correspondent was ideal - almost made for me! International Correspondents job would be to travel to dangerous locations and report back to the Village Link. My mole at the Parish Council gave me my first lead on an International story. It appears that proceeds from the Corby Hill speed camera have been secretly squirreled away by the Council members to a Cypriot bank account and now are frozen in the Euro crisis! As both an investigative journalist and Civic Leader myself, I had a moral duty to help (and a 15% cut plus travel expenses). Cyprus does seem a little unstable so I decided to monitor the situation from Monte Carlo here in the South of France (on expenses of course). I am pleased to report the food and wine are excellent and the sun is shining.

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Money Matters


Essential advice on managing your finances from money editor Alan Dickson

t last, competitive fixed rate far it seems that this is working. A number “fees free” remortgages have of good mortgage deals have now become finally become available. It’s available. And the amount of deposit renow possible to get a good quired to secure these deals is decreasing, five year fixed rate for 3.19% and the requirements to qualify for these (depending on the amount of equity you mortgages are becoming less onerous. have), with a free valuation, free legal costs, So many mortgage holders are paying and no arrangement fee! unnecessarily high amounts of interest on Why is this so important? The Bank of by remaining on their standard variable England base rate is rate and are leaving The mortgage market themselves wide currently just half of one percent! But has been stifled by a lack open to future interthis simply can’t last est rate rises. There of available credit for forever. At some is also heartening several years point interest rates news for first time must rise. Some of buyers and those us still shudder at the memory of mortgage wishing to move house as there are new rates historically as high as 15.4% although schemes becoming available to solve it’s very unlikely that they will rise to these the problem of only having a very small levels. But when deposit. When arranging a mortgage, it is interest rates finally increase, as they little wonder that many find that dealing undoubtedly will, those on variable and with a trusted Financial Adviser with the tracker rates will feel the pain. Part of the relevant training and experience in their problem is that many of the fixed rates on own home to be a simple and straightforoffer have huge arrangement fees. It hasn’t ward solution. been uncommon to see £999 arrangement fees or more, just to secure a decent fixed A client bought a new home and the rate. The simple fact is that most mortgages mortgage broker wanted to send in the Carlisle area are modest and can’t flowers for the occasion. They arrived at justify a large fee. That’s why these improved the home and the owner read the card; “fees free” mortgages are so attractive. it said “Rest in Peace”. The owner was So why now? The mortgage market has angry and called the florist to complain. been stifled by a lack of available credit for After he told the florist of the obvious several years. The government in their desire mistake and described how angry he was, to kickstart the moribund housing market, the florist said, “Sir, I’m really sorry for the have recently introduced the “funding for mistake, but rather than getting angry lending” scheme. The potential injection you should imagine this: Somewhere of some sixty billion pounds into financial there is a funeral taking place today, and lending institutions on the proviso that this they have flowers with a note saying, made available to customers provides the impetus for the improved mortgage rates. So “Congratulations on your new home”.

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Life and the occasional gardening tip from garden editor Jason Hindmoor


ne of laugh at them). Anyway apparently the Chris Huhne’s wife is to replace John advanTerry as England Captain - she’s very tages in good at taking penalties. havFamous last words: Oscar Pistorius’s ing an outdoor job is the opportunity to girlfriend - ‘It’s Valentine’s Day and the get a bit of colour during least you could the great British sumdo is take me I don’t know what mer. This is occasionally out.’ being orange says due to the sun but more The parents of often is caused by a wind a difficult boy about your social rash. Anyway, whatever discussing status but everywhere were the cause, John and I are how to sort out I go, orange normally starting to get his disobedibrown by this time of ence. The people abound year and this used to be mother said quite a good thing but sun ‘Lets buy him a tanned skin now seems to be very much bicycle.’ ‘Well’, said the father, ‘maybe out of fashion. Now as far as I understand but do you think it will improve his it, before the Industrial Revolution, pale behavior?’ ‘Probably not,’ said the skin was preferred as it was a sign of high mother, ‘but it will spread it over a social status. The poorer classes like John wider area.’ Anyway I digress. and I worked outdoors and got darker May / June Gardening Tips: skin from exposure to the sun, then we died from consumption, while the upper May is a very busy time in the garden. classes stayed indoors and had tea and Be prepared to protect tender plants light skin. Therefore fair skin became and vegetables such as courgettes associated with wealth and high position. and beans from low night-time However in the mid-20th century everytemperatures or even late frosts. thing changed and Coco Chanel made Spring flowering plants will tanned skin seem fashionbe coming to the end of able, healthy and luxurious. their flowering time and This has been the case ever will need clearing in prepasince until more recently ration for your summer the trend seems to have bedding. Remove the old changed again, this time plants, run a fork through swinging heavily in favour of the soil, and add some being orange. good fertiliser so the area Now I don’t know what being is ready for new planting. orange says about your social May is also a good time status but everywhere I go orto start buying your summer ange people abound. Too much sun is ob- bedding plants. Tie in shoots of viously bad for you but being orange can’t clematis and any other climbers in be a sign of good health can it? If your the garden to firm supports such as new born baby came out orange you’d be trellis or a backing fence. Also try horrified, wondering which vital organ to tie in any climbing and rambling was failing, yet a decade or so later it will roses you may have. If daffodil be paying someone your hard earned cash flowering has been poor, divide bulbs to spray paint it orange. It therefore goes and separate out the larger ones for on my list of things I don’t understand the replanting. Pot up smaller ones and point of, which currently includes Gok plant in a spare patch of ground to Wan, the Ford Fusion, non-alcoholic beer, develop. Mow lawns regularly, raisvases and Embarrassing Bodies. (My good ing the cutting height in dry weather, wife enjoys Embarrassing Bodies which but not letting the grass grow by seems to be a programme for people with more than three-quarters of an inch nasty rashes in their nether regions who between mowing. Gradually are too embarrassed to go to their Doctor accustom greenhouse plants to but are happy for 6.8 million viewers to outdoor temperature.

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Mouth-watering inspiration from food editor Jane Ferguson

recently went into a restaurant and couple spent? Never. What a shame not every instantly felt I was going to be told establishment feels that way! This is a great off. All I’d done was ask for a table supper, which, who knows you may be able for four. It’s the same look the shop to eat outside with a nice glass of vino. Good assistant gives you that says ‘you can’t afford for vegetarians also. anything in here’, plus ‘nothing will fit you Greek Filo and Feta Pie anyway’. How do they know that I have Place 450g sliced leeks, 2tbsp flat-leaf not just inherited a small fortune and am parsley, 25g butter, 125ml white wine buying a present for my size 10 daughter? and salt and pepper to taste in a small I have never understood this attitude and saucepan. Bring to never will. When I How do they know that I the boil and cover and first started out in the have not just inherited a small cook for about 15 mins world of hospitality and catering I was very fortune and am buying a present by which time the liquid should have been fortunate to work for for my size 10 daughter a great family. They absorbed and the leeks had an extremely successful restaurant, which cooked. Cool. In a separate bowl whisk I would class as ‘a little bit up market’, but 2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks and 150ml in no way was that reflected in the way they single cream together. Add 300g feta treated anyone who came through the door. cheese and 175g grated gruyere cheese It was only a small, quite intimate restaurant and the cooled leek mixture. This is the and I can fully understand how it could be a filling. Layer six sheets filo pastry in a dish little bit daunting when first stepping inside. painting each one with melted butter, and I would see a young couple come in, looking then add your filling. Layer six more sheets quite nervous, not knowing what to expect of filo on top again painting with butter and probably feeling a little bit out of their comfort zone. Within five minutes you could between each layer. Sprinkle a few drops see them visibly relax as they were welcomed of water on top and bake the pie for 35-40 mins on 220C/Gas 7. Serve with and made to feel at home. Did it matter that a side salad and some nice bread. they only spent half of what the well off

meet the Author

Elizabeth Love was born on a farm at Reagill, near Shap. A great lover of the countryside around her home of Carlisle, she writes about her observations & colours her stories with occupational and human interest.

When did you first start writing and what was your first book? I have had some poems written for 30 years or more but I started writing stories about 6 years ago. I have previously had published two illustrated children’s’ story books. Is there any particular author/book that has influenced you? I’ve always been very interested in the Brontes. Just recently I requested one of Thomas Hardy’s books called Return of the Native, having read a short book by Thomas Hardy called An Indiscretion in the Life of an Heiress. I liked this very much - it’s a little known book of this author. Tell us about your book ‘Ella’ - and the reference to ‘Corby Woods’. ‘Ella’ is a fictional story about a girl who was abandoned as a baby and who grew up without any identity. I didn’t know until I got so far with the story who she might marry. My choice of Wetheral as the basis of the story was because I used to go a lot to the house opposite the Wheatsheaf and it just came naturally that Ella and

her fiance would do their courting in Corby Woods. What was your favourite book to write and why? I have had a Scottish friend for the past eight years. She gave me her story which I wrote, entitled ‘Northern Star’ - it is I think my greatest achievement. I’ve received some good comments for both the story and my illustrations. I think my favourite book though is the poetry book - Kaleidoscope, again illustrated with my line drawings. I am at present waiting to hear if my latest work about nursing will be accepted for a E-book publication. Which of your books could you see made into a movie? I think ‘Ella’ would make a great play or movie... she would have to be played by a young attractive actress with honey-blonde hair. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? If you have a good idea for a story, start writing. You don’t know what you can do until you try.

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he dismal weather is Price example:- Seven nights’ half board understandably putting people at the Chaika Hotel costs £429 in June, off holidaying at home. The including flights and transfers. infamous Great British weather Royal Caribbean is currently promoting is the main reason the UK has fallen down the pecking order now there is sailings onboard Oasis of the Seas, when no Olympics or Jubilee to celebrate. How- the world’s largest liner visits Europe and the UK for the first time. The ship ever, according to VisitEngland, the nawill leave its tional tourist board homeport of Fort for England, there is They are going to have Lauderdale on still an appetite for quite a job to persuade the 1st September, Brits to take holi2014 on a 12 night days at home and Great British Public to eastbound transthey plan to further stay at home! atlantic cruise to inspire the populaBarcelona, where tion by launching it will sail two five night round trip Westan new TV campaign in May which will encourage viewers to book a holiday in the ern Mediterranean itineraries, before a seven night sailing to Rotterdam. After UK. I personally wish VisitEngland every undergoing maintenance whilst in dry success but with no immediate signs that dock, It will then set sail to the UK where the weather is about it will call at Southampton on October 15 to improve and the before heading back across the Atlantic current economic to Florida. conditions becoming a more of the norm, they’re going to have quite a job Demand is expected to be high so early to persuade the Great British Public to stay booking is highly recommended. at home! If you’re looking for something different and you’re fed up with the Spanish Costas, why not give Bulgaria a try. Bulgaria has emerged as one of the most competitive beach destinations in Europe over the last decade, whilst at the same time major investment has been ploughed in. The largest Black Sea resorts are Sunny Beach and Golden Sands, which appeal to a wide range of customers from clubbers to families. Two new aqua parks are now located close to Sunny Beach, and live music bars, pubs and clubs open late. South of Sunny Beach is the historical seaside town of Nessebar, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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Mercedes Benz Which Model? CLS ‘Shooting Brake’ Verdict? Trade in the Touring


tation-Wagon, Avant, Touring, and now... ‘Shooting Brake’, well, it sounds better than an estate doesn’t it. Apparently, sometime back in the 19th Century, ‘Shooting-brake’ originated as an early British term for a vehicle used to carry shooting parties with their equipment and game. The term brake was initially a chassis used to break-in horses and was subsequently used to describe a motorized vehicle. This in time was later applied to custom built wagons by high end coachbuilders and properly refers to two door wagon style vehicles. In fact, the New York Times in 2006 said that the shooting-brake was conceived to ‘...take gentlemen on the hunt with their firearms and dogs’. So, for the country-types, its the practical choice for carrying firearms, dogs, plus-fours etc, whilst equally suited for the more ‘urban’ gent with his wife, three kids and a dog! With this model, you literally have the 3 S’s, Style, Sportiness, Space! To some people it may look a bit heavy especially towards the rear, but in truth the difference compared to the CLS is hardly anything at all. Driving along twisty lakeside roads down through Ullswater, the CLS was an absolute joy - well bal-

anced and very responsive. I suppose it makes sense, since Shooting Brakes were originally designed as hunting cars, that the boot space is massive, but I wonder how many will go for the ‘optional extra’ and order the boot floor to be made in American Cherry Wood! The cost of having the deck of a luxurious yacht fitted to the rear of your car is over £4,000 - rather pricey just to have your weeks big shop slide and crash entertainingly around. I loved it. It’s a station-wagon, touring, long vehicle for people who don’t like estates. But it is an estate that likes to be driven. Now where did I leave my dalmatians. SUPPLIED BY: Mercedes Benz, Carlisle 01228 541111

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On Your Bike Cycling tips and advice from sport editor Gary Dickson

A good old traditional bike


hopping for anything these days is never straightforward, and shopping for a bike can be exactly the same. You thought you were just going to buy a good traditional bike. However, after a discussion with the salesman and describing what you will use the bike for, it turns out you are after something entirely different. For men, it usually ends up being a road bike, mountain bike, or a hybrid, and quite frankly, the more gears the better! Women? Well, for the most part it’s the same three, however not all want to be clad in lycra clocking up the miles on a road bike or tackling tracks in the Lake District on a mountain bike. Neither are they remotely interested in technical bike talk nor trying to work out the complexity of what gear they should be in. Where has the traditional bike, styled on yonder years gone? Where are the trusty old Raleigh bikes of the past? The comfortable “sit up and beg” riding position, the big leather Brooks saddle, steel pull brakes, steel mudguards, a dynamo lighting system built into the front wheel, 3-speed Sturmey Archer gears, a steel chain guard that fully enclosed the chain, a big chrome bell, and in those days every bike had a stand. ‘Fully equipped’ is how they were described. Ok, lets not get carried away... while there is something very endearing about old modes of transport (steam trains, classic cars, traditional bikes) no-one wants to be to be pedalling a Sherman Tank - those old bikes were just too heavy.

So...Why don’t they make bikes like they used to? The answer is, they do, but since very few are available in this country people think they are not available. Although

BRAKES Then: Steel. Very heavy, prone to rust Now: Shimano roller brake. Very effective and almost maintenance free

No-one wants to be pedalling a Sherman tank - those old bikes were just too heavy! modern or traditional bikes are similar to bikes of the past - the engineering is far far superior. For instance - here is a “Then & Now” improvements comparison:FRAME Then: Steel. Very heavy, prone to rust Now: Aluminium. Light weight and more comfortable WHEELS Then: Steel rims and spoke nipples. Very heavy, prone to rust Now: Aluminium. Light weight and much easier to pedal HUB GEARS Then: Sturmey archer. Good in their day Now: Shimano Nexus 3-speed. Incredibly smooth and easy to use

DYNAMO Then: Heavy and more resistance Now: Light and very effective SADDLE Then: Steel and leather construction. Heavy and often not comfortable Now: Light & very comfortable MUDGUARDS & FULL CHAIN GUARD Then: Steel, heavy, prone to rust Now: Light weight So, armed with the facts you can now go shopping for a ‘traditional bike’ with all its classic, elegant styling, comfort and simplicity. But be warned - they are not for everyone. They don’t handle trails like a mountain bike and they will never be as fast as super lightweight carbon fibre road bike.

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History Matters A look into Carlisle’s past with history editor David Ramshaw


Memories of Silloth

ast October I published a book The Pavilion, enclosing the former Pierfor two local authors, Peter Ostle rot stage and the hill behind. The building and Stephen Wright, A Century contained a stage, an auditorium with 600 tip Around Silloth, which brought seats plus dressing rooms for the performback many memories for me, ers. Over the next twenty years, it became particularly of the 1970’s and 80’s when a the venue for many entertainments, notably family trip to Silloth to see the ‘Hell drivers’ Charles Beanland’s Silloth Follies who peror the occasional Easter formed there throughout weekend show was a must. One summer evening the summer between Author Stephen spent a lot 1934 and 1939. During in 1901, three figures of time there as, like many the winter, the Silloth in pierrot costume other local families, had Choral and Dramatic a chalet on the Stanwix wheeled a piano Societies put on shows field at Blitterlees. Just there. across Silloth green about everything that hapThe Hell Drivers Stock pened in the area from the car racing, or hell driving, came to this counearly 1900’s to the late 80’s is described with try from America. It was growing in popumany photographs and reminiscences of local and maids his merry men larity but had not been seen in Northwest d an r lle Fu people. Here are a couple of examples from David England until it arrived at Silloth airfield. the book: The sport was brought there by Jeff BrownThe Happy Valley One summer evening in hut, in 1972. The weekly race meetings 1901, three figures in pierrot costume wheeled were made into public–friendly events with a piano across Silloth green; they did not more than just car racing. Refreshments realise that they were establishing one of the and side shows were put on so that families town’s ‘Institutions’. Several locals gathered could enjoy a day out. Crowds came down to hear the performance, near the bank at the to watch the dramatic sport, where the roar north end of the green which formed a natural of engines and smell of burning rubber acauditorium. Three men – David Fuller, George companied the speed, danger – and crashes! Worthington and Arthur Court – entertained Most of the drivers were Cumbrian. days them with song, music and humour. The n in pre-war Among the people who took part were: Silloth Pavilio audience must have been impressed, because David Fu ller Brian ‘Lofty’ Stoddart, Eric Davenport, these entertainers were to give many more Dave Joyce, Willy Morgan, Bob Pattinperformances. The site between a pine tree son, Eddy Bosward, and Danny Baxter. enclosure and North House became their These men enjoyed scouring local scraphome and was known as the Happy Valley. yards and garages for suitable cars, By 1908, there were nine in the troupe, modifying and personalising them, still led by David Fuller, and a covered so they could perform well in – and stage had been built with a changing survive – the rough sport. room at the back. In 1929, the district ‘A Century Around Silloth’ council leased the area and turned it into is available from Bookends, Carlisle, or an indoor theatre: online from


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he hills are slowly turning green after what has been a long winter and Spring brings a release of enthusiasm and ambition. It’s a good opportunity to dig out the lightweight jackets and boots and make sure that they are working well. With a little judicious packing you can take a small rucksack with the day’s essentials. Here’s a short guide to getting the right kit for the job. A medium size day pack such as the Berghaus Freeflow will take everything you need for a day on the hills. There’s a variety of sizes from 20 to 35 litre capacity and women’s and men’s fit too. These are very popular due to the air venting back panel which allows sweat to be whisked away. Many of our legwear brands can be seen in daily use around town as functional and fashionable choices. Light, quick drying, hard wearing and easily looked after, leisure and outdoor trousers offer a value for money alternative to high street options. Often shower resistant, it’s only necessary to use waterproof overtrousers in the worst conditions. And it does rain occasionally!

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