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Restoration of Donald Campbell's Bluebird nears completion

In 1967 Donald Campbell tried to break the world water speed record on Coniston Water in the Lake District. The attempt cost him his life.

18 years ago the wreckage of his boat, Bluebird, was recovered.

Since then a team has been using some of the original parts to revive the craft. The final phase is nearly complete.

Resurrected Bluebird goes on display in Coniston

Bill Smith carries out the early stages of restoration on Donald Campbells Bluebird K7 in a small North Shields workshop. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Part of Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 boat has been installed in the Ruskin Museum in Coniston.

The boat was torn apart when it flipped while Donald Campbell was trying to break the water speed record on Coniston in 1967. He died instantly and parts of the boat lay on the bed of Coniston Water until 2001, when they were raised.

Two of the original conserved and reconfigured spars and some of the fairlings have been maneuvered into position into the museum, along with two replicated sponsons. The original sponsons were in the floating wreckage that were lost after the crash.

Other parts of the craft are still being restored in a small North Shields workshop, with the help of volunteers.


Power boats race across Coniston Water

Coniston Water has been alive with the sound of revving engines this week, as would-be world record breakers descend, to test their skills at high speed.

Whether it's on a power boat or a jet ski, thrill seekers have been reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour on a stretch of water made famous by the late Donald Campbell. Kate Walby has been taking in the action at the World Speed Records event.

Hundreds in 2nd Coniston Chill Swim

Hundreds of swimmers have competed in the second Coniston Chill Swim.

The race is over the full length of the lake and has had twice as many entrants than last year. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

The Big Chill

Five hundred swimmers brave the cold in order to take part in the open water event at Coniston.

Early swimmers take to the water. Credit: ITV Border
Safety boats on hand to protect those taking part. Credit: ITV Border
Competitors tackle the five mile course around the lake. Credit: ITV Border
The final finishers expected to hit home around 3pm. Credit: ITV Border
Idyllic setting and conditions for the race. Credit: ITV Border
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