As the Second World War loomed, Silloth Airfield brought thousands of people to the quiet community. Their stories are now being recorded.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
It’s hoped many other residents will come forward to assist in the project with memories and photos of the town’s wartime years.
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.”
Police in West Cumbria are appealing for information about a car following a robbery with a knife in Silloth.
It happened on Thursday afternoon (April 17) at the Cumberland Building Society on Station Road.
Staff were allegedly threatened with a knife and a quantity of cash was stolen.
Police say the offender then ran off but may have then got into a car.
They want to trace the movements of a blue Ford Focus, registration number V647KOX, shortly after the robbery took place.
Four people have been questioned by police in connection with the incident. One of them has now been released without charge.
All roads out of Silloth have been blocked after a member of staff at the Cumberland Building Society was threatened with a knife during a robbery.
Police were called at 1:11pm today, Thursday 17 April, and are currently investigating the incident.
Officers and Air Support, from the National Police Air Service (NPAS), have been deployed to the area and a search is underway for the offender(s).
Motorists are asked to avoid the area. No one was harmed in the incident.