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Lake users happy with Windermere experience

Survey to find out how happy the general public are when visiting Windermere. Credit: ITV News Border

A survey by South Lakeland District Council of lake users has shown three-quarters of respondents are happy with their experience visiting Windermere.

The survey is designed to gather information on lake usage and is an opportunity for lake users to rate and comment on facilities and services. It is open to all lake users and this year’s attracted 529 complete useable responses.

In answer to the question asking how satisfied or dissatisfied users are with their experience using the lake 76% said they were ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ satisfied, compared to just 12% who were dissatisfied.

76% very satisfied with the experience using the lake. Credit: ITV News Border

When asked how they rated facilities 63% said public slipways were either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, advice and help was rated as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ by 53%, car parks (49%) and public jetties (46%).

They were also asked about lake rescue and safety services 93% said they valued the service, and almost all the respondents (94%) who had been rescued at some point on the lake rated the rescue service as either ‘excellent or ‘good’.

Respondents to the survey were also invited to add comments on any other matters about their use of the lake.

Some of those comments referred to the 10mph speed limit on the lake, with some people asking whether the limit could be reviewed or an area set aside for water sports. A number of other comments said the speed limit should be retained or more strictly enforced.

The survey and comments were presented to the last meeting of the Lake Administration Committee. The comments about the speed limits were discussed and it was agreed that further analysis of the comments was required.

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The Lancaster Bombers were used in the WWII Dam Busters Raid Credit: RAF Museum

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Archie Johnstone, the last Dam Buster Credit: RAF Museum

Man identified following fatal fire in Windermere

Two people, who died in a fire in Windermere, have been named by police as Andrew William Telford Coates and Polly Sarah Connor.

Andrew, 41, of Buttermere Drive in Kendal and Polly, aged 46 of Sepulchre Road in Kendal, were killed when a shed containing fireworks caught fire in Ecclerigg. It's believed they were technicians for a professional firework company, hired for a wedding party on August 30th.

Although police say they are not treating the fire as suspicious, they are working with the Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies to establish the circumstances.

Tribute paid to 'irreplaceable' wife and mother

Polly was married to Damien Connor, 46. The couple had three children; Molly, 15, Daisy, 14, and Oscar, 10. Credit: Polly Connor's family

A tribute has been paid to 46-year-old Polly Connor, who died following an explosion and fire in Windermere, on Saturday August 30th.

Polly Connor, a plumber from Kendal, had been helping with a display at a wedding celebration when the fireworks went off in a shed. A man who died with her hasn't yet been named.

"Words simply cannot adequately describe our loss, particularly that of her husband Damien and children who she absolutely adored and was so incredibly proud of. Her children were a tribute to her. She absolutely put them first.

She was irreplaceable. She was my daughter and my friend. I don't know how I will be without her.”

– Penny Benson, Polly’s mother
Credit: Polly Connor's family

“We are devastated, completely distraught. We’ve been torn apart by this.

Polly took people in, would be the first to offer to help whenever she could. She was very much a family person, loved by all who were lucky enough to know her and spend time with her.”

– Russell Colman, Polly’s brother

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Update: Wedding fire deaths investigated

It should have been a perfect day for a newly married couple. But their wedding celebrations on the shores of Windermere at the weekend ended with two people dying in a firework accident.

The man and woman who died are believed to be technicians for a professional fireworks company hired for the party at the groom's house. They were killed when a huge explosion happened in a shed where the fireworks were being stored. Tim Backshall has more:

'Almighty explosions and fireworks going off'

Police are working to formally identify the victims of a fatal fire in the Lake District.

A man and a women died when a shed containing fireworks exploded in Ecclerigg near Windermere on Saturday afternoon. Cumbria Police and Fire Brigade have started a joint investigation.

Eyewitnesses say they heard a series of loud blasts and realised something was wrong:

Investigations continue into fire deaths

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances of a fire which killed two people in Windermere.

Police were called at 3.35pm, to Ecclerigg, after a shed containing fireworks was on fire. A vehicle near to the shed was also damaged by the blaze.

Two bodies, believed to be a male and female, were found.

Police are working closely with the fire service, HSE, and Trading Standards to investigate the circumstances that led to the fire.

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