"It would be the icing on the cake for the community to trace all 22 families because we'd all be leading different lives without the sacrifice of these people."
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Stokes launched into a foul-mouthed response as he approached the distinctive players' tunnel, with his comments captured by cameras.
Local MP John Stevenson laid the first brick in the multi-million pound facility in Carlisle this morning.
The idea has been suggested by a group of Gaelic speakers who want the region to champion its heritage.