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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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