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New bench in Cockermouth to commemorate end of WW1

Rotary Bench in Cockermouth Credit: ITV BORDER

A bench has been unveiled in the west Cumbria town Cockermouth to coincide with the anniversary of the end of World War One.

The new street furniture is already catching the eye of locals and was installed by the Rotary Club. It's on the town's main street outside the United Reformed Church.

Plaque on the bench commemorating the end of WW1 Credit: ITV BORDER

They gave the ultimate sacrifice, they gave their lives in absolutely horrific conditions and they did that for our benefit so that we at least can live in peace. It has not go to be forgotten.

– Joe Fagan, President of Cockermouth Rotary Club


Wordsworth House celebrates bumper year

Credit: Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House in Cockermouth has had its busiest visitor season for five years.

More than 29,000 people visited to the childhood home of the world famous poet between March and October.

Two special exhibitions were held, which saw a visitor increase of 15 percent on the previous year.

The house was affected by flooding in 2015 along with the rest of the town, but reopened in April 2016 following extensive repairs.

"Both the flood in 2009 and 2015 did hit us very hard, there was an awful lot of work for the staff team over both of those winters.

"So it's taken a little while to get back on track, but it's really nice to sort of feel we're on an upward trajectory now with that."

– Zoe Gilbert, Wordsworth House
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