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Resurrected Bluebird goes on display in Coniston

Bill Smith carries out the early stages of restoration on Donald Campbells Bluebird K7 in a small North Shields workshop. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Part of Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 boat has been installed in the Ruskin Museum in Coniston.

The boat was torn apart when it flipped while Donald Campbell was trying to break the water speed record on Coniston in 1967. He died instantly and parts of the boat lay on the bed of Coniston Water until 2001, when they were raised.

Two of the original conserved and reconfigured spars and some of the fairlings have been maneuvered into position into the museum, along with two replicated sponsons. The original sponsons were in the floating wreckage that were lost after the crash.

Other parts of the craft are still being restored in a small North Shields workshop, with the help of volunteers.


Power boats race across Coniston Water

Coniston Water has been alive with the sound of revving engines this week, as would-be world record breakers descend, to test their skills at high speed.

Whether it's on a power boat or a jet ski, thrill seekers have been reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour on a stretch of water made famous by the late Donald Campbell. Kate Walby has been taking in the action at the World Speed Records event.

Drama in the Lake District

The ITV drama is being filmed in different areas of the Lake District Credit: ITV Border

A new ITV drama is being filmed in the Lake District. Safe House will air in the spring and tells the story of a troubled man who sets up a B&B in Coniston.

But it ends up being a safe house and secrets unfold. Fiona Marley Paterson has had a sneak preview onset.

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