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A royal visitor for Windermere's newest attraction

It's Prince Charles' second visit to the North West in a week. Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales will open Windermere's newest attraction, a state of the art museum showcasing boats in the Lake District.

The £20million Windermere Jetty Museum will display 40 vessels which reflect the 200-year history of technical, social and business development in the area.

It's the first contemporary building to be constructed on the banks of Windermere in over 50 years.

Windermere's newest attraction, the first to be built in 50 years Credit: Windermere Jetty Museum

Highlights of the collection will include:

  • 11 vessels listed by National Historic Ships as nationally important
  • Four vessels that are part of the National Historic Fleet
  • 10 classic Windermere steam launches (1890s/1900s)
  • A rare early yacht, Margaret (1780)SL Dolly (1850), thought to be the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world
  • Beatrix Potter’s tarn boat, which she used to sketch in on Moss Eccles Tarn
  • Pioneering motor, speedboats and hydroplanes used on the lake from 1898-1980 Canfly (1922), powered by a seven-litre Rolls Royce aero engine
  • Two fully-restored boats on the lake, one of which visitors will be able to sail on when the museum opens

Tourists are 'being pushed from pillar to post'

The Northern Rail fiasco continues this morning with many commuters facing cancelled or delayed trains yet again.

The company apologised and last Friday evening introduced an "interim" timetable, starting on Monday, removing 165 trains - 6% of services.

Areas affected include Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and the Lakes Line between Oxenholme and Windermere. But it's not just those on the daily commute affected people in the Lake District say they feel cut off:


Police dealing with collision near Windermere

Road traffic collision on the A592 Credit: PA

Police are currently dealing with a road traffic collision on the A592 at Storrs, near Windermere.

Police were called to the incident, which involved two vehicles, at 11.39am.

The A592 road has been closed between the junction of the B5360 and the junction with the A5074, south end of Bowness-on-Windermere, but is expected to be open in the next 15 minutes.

There are not believed to be any serious injuries at this time.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and take diversions.

Visit the traffic link map at to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads.

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Verdict rules fireworks deaths were accidental

The jury in the fireworks inquest returned conclusions that the two deaths were accidental.

They ruled that the explosion rendered both victims unable to exit the store as fire consumed the outbuilding and resulted in a fatal level of carbon monoxide.

Andrew Coates, 41, and Polly Connor, 46, died following the explosion while preparing fireworks for a wedding at Ecclerigg near Windermere in August 2014.

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Man escapes jail after Windermere generator deaths

Kelly Webster and her 10-year-old daughter Lauren Thornton.

A man has been sentenced for the manslaughter of his partner and her daughter.

Kelly Webster and 10-year-old Lauren Thornton died from carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat moored on Lake Windermere in 2013.

Matthew Eteson, a gas fitter from Hale, had installed a faulty generator on the motor cruiser.

He was sentenced to two years, suspended for two years, at Preston Crown Court.

Man charged with Windermere murder

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A man has been charged in connection with the death of Gordon James Smith.

Mark Russell, aged 26, of Holly Terrace, Windermere, has been charged with murder and has been remanded in police custody. He is due to appear at Furness & District Magistrates Court on Monday 6th July.

Two females, aged 48 and 15, both from Kent have been bailed until 10th July and a 31 year old man from Millom has been bailed until 17th July.

Gordon James Smith was found dead outside the Brookside hotel in Lake Road, Windermere, at 2.04am on Wednesday.

I would like to reassure the people of Windermere and the wider community that enquiries are continuing.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their assistance. Anyone with any further information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101

– Superintendent Rob O’Connor
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