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Silloth Green named amongst best parks in Britain

Plenty of community events are held at Silloth Green. Credit: Silloth Green

Silloth Green has been officially recognised as one of the top parks and green spaces in Britain.

It's one of only 1,500 nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag status by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

This Award recognises Silloth Green as a well-managed, high quality green space, which could not have been achieved without the dedicated work of our Town Council staff, grounds maintenance team, and community volunteers.”

– Tony Markley, Mayor of Silloth

Four other green spaces in the Border region also made the list:

  • Dock Park - Dumfries
  • Chances Park – Carlisle
  • Penrith Cemetery
  • Alston Cemetery

You can find more details about our winners here.

Nearly half a million pounds worth of land given to local communities

Two local communities have been given ownership of land and property worth a total value of nearly £500,000.

Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet has agreed for the former Workington Sixth Form Centre at Moorclose to be transferred to the Moorclose Community Centre.

The building and its land includes a sports hall, theatre, IT suite, two-storey teaching block, former caretaker’s bungalow, and car park.

In addition, four plots of land in Sillot worth an estimated £75,000, including the Railway Playing Fields, will be transferred to Silloth Town Council.

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Exhibition takes rail track back 50 years

It's 50 years on since that the railway line from Carlisle to the seaside town, Silloth, was closed. Generations of Cumbrians used to take the train there for their holidays.

But thanks to Doctor Beeching's cuts, the line was closed and the last train ran on September 6th 1964. We start Matthew Taylor's report with footage of that very journey, shot 50 years ago.

Festival fever at Silloth

This weekend an expected 5000 people will head to Silloth for its annual Music and Beer festival.

It's celebrating it's 14th year with live music acts throughtout the day until late. There are over 100 different types of beer and cider from across the UK on tap.

Children are also welcome with a kids zone marquee available.

Acts include The Quireboys, a Jam tribute band and a chance to sing along with a live band during a 'Rockaoke' session.

1964 video shows last train in Silloth

An exhibition is being held to remember when the last train pulled into Silloth.

When the Carlisle to Silloth railway closed in 1964, there was public uproar. Silloth had been a popular seaside resort for people in Cumbria but was closed as part of the Beeching cuts on this day, 50 years ago.

Below, a man explains his disappointment to see the last train to pull into Silloth:

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Airfield preserved for its wartime past

It starred in the opening sequence of the famous film The Dambusters, and was responsible for training thousands of pilots during the Second World War.

Now a local action group fighting to preserve the airfield at Silloth in West Cumbria has received a grant, ensuring the role the town played during the war won't be forgotten.

Paul Crone has this report:

Many lost their lives training for the war

Silloth Airfield opened in 1939 and trained thousands of servicemen during the Second World War.

So many accidents occurred over Solway Bay, it became known as 'Hudson Bay', after the Hudson planes that were notoriously difficult to fly.

Not far from the runway is a cemetery for those who lost their lives training for war.

Lawrence Marshall has vivid memories of living next to the airfield during the war:

Silloth Airfield trained thousands during WW2

The Hudson planes were notoriously hard to fly Credit: Gordon Akitt

A project to highlight one of the best kept secrets of the Second World War has been launched in West Cumbria.

Silloth Airfield opened in 1939 and trained thousands of American, Canadian and British pilots to fly fighters and bombers during the war.

Dozens lost their lives during their training Credit: Gordon Akitt

The Silloth Tourism Action Group has received a Heritage Lottery Grant to preserve the site for future generations, and to highlight the part the seaside town played during the war.

Training the pilots, navigators and wireless operators to fly the notoriously difficult Hudson planes came at cost.

In the cemetery, just a few hundreds yards from the end of the runway, are the graves of dozens of aircrew who lost their lives training for war.

The Silloth Tourism Action Group would like people to get involved Credit: Gordon Akitt

It’s hoped many other residents will come forward to assist in the project with memories and photos of the town’s wartime years.

Woman involved in £130,000 drug supply sentenced

A woman from Silloth has been sentenced to 23 months in prison for her involvement in the importing of £130,000 worth of drugs.

45-year-old Anita Robertson was told her sentence would be suspended for two years.

She appeared in Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 1 May, after pleading guilty to helping to import 6.5kg of mephedrone.

She came under suspicion when packages addressed to her arrived at Stansted Airport and Coventry International in August 2013.

The packages contained white crystalline substances which were later confirmed to be Class B controlled drugs.

She was arrested on the 21 August 2013 after the police discovered she had been receiving packages over a seven month period.

“Robertson believed that she could just receive these packages containing illegal drugs and get away with it. However, this case highlights that we are always checking on illegal activity. Once suspicious were raised, then it was only a matter of time before we brought her to justice.

“This investigation prevented a substantial amount of illegal drugs going onto the streets and is another example of the continuing work by Cumbria Police, along with partner agencies to disrupt the importation and distribution of illegal drugs.”

– Andrew Myers, Detective Sergeant, Cumbria Police
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