Cockermouth News Archive - 2001

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 Christmas Celebrations 2001

 All Saints: Christmas Eve; 5pm (Crib Service)11.30pm Midnight Communion. ChristmasDay; 8am, 10am services.

St Joseph's RC Church: Christmas Eve 7pm Mass, 11.30pm carols before midnight mass.
Methodist Church: Christmas Eve 11.30pm.

United Reform Church and Methodists Chrustmas worship 10am on Christmas Day at UR Church.

week ending November 27 2001
 No big Coronation Street star for this year's Christmas lights turn on, but laser beams cut the sky and a big crowd turned out for the count down...full marks again to all the backroom boys!  
week ending Nov 2 2001
By=elections in All Saints ward saw the following results:Allerdale Borough Council seat; Christine Smith, wife of Labour councillor Alan Smith, won the seat with 384 votes; Derwent Newton polled 308 and Christine Nealke 164 in a poor 23% turn out.
For the Town Council seat Diane Moyes (435) just beat her Tory rival George Parker (417)
 Despite huge spending on new clubhouse and floodlighting, Cockermouth Rugby Union faces a crisis as chairman John Cussack warns of drop in player numbers.

week ending October 13
 A DIAMOND Art Deco ring worth over £10,000 was stolen from Mitchell's Auction Company.
Two men in their 40s who were filmed by closed circuit television in the sale room just before the ring featuring a square central diamond was taken.
 Once again Labour likes to keep it in the family with its candidates, The latest being the forthcoming by-election for the All Saints Ward.

w/e Oct 5 2001
 Malcolm Wilson Rally starts from Dovenby rather than the traditional Main Street send-off. Organisers blame rising cost of police supervision for the switch in venue.  Jennings Brothers report increased beer sales, but they are also planning to sell off some of the breweries tied houses, such as the Grey Goat.

W/e Sept 15
The roof comes off Mitchell's old auction mart (right) as work proceeds to redevelop the area for a Sainsbury supermarket. The Lakeland Sheep and Wool centre starts restocking as the area hopes the F&M crisis is lifting.
Meanwhile Walkers (350 employees) invests almost £1 million in its Cockermouth factory . Plans also announced for new fire station for the area.

w/e August 24
  The town may get its own Dome after the Town Council gave planning support to plans for the polythene dome at the new rugby union campus to allow winter training for Cockermouth RU.
Cockermouth School achieves 100% pass rate in this years GCSE exams.

Cockermouth was described as the Most Beautiful Small Town in this year's Cumbria in Bloom competition.
 Chattanooga" gets a licence to open until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.

w/e August 10
 Work can start on the town's new Sainsbury's after September 1. On that date Mitchells relinquish the last portion of their livestock mart land . Sheep pen steelwork is already being taken away.  Mitchells say they are close to finalising arrangements to build their new Mart on the edge of town by the A66.

w/e July 28 2001
 Tony Blair visits Armathwaite Hall during a factfinding visit to the area.  Cockermouth School continues expansion with approval for a £400,000 Music Block.

w/e July 21
 After 12 years as Head, Dai Cowles retires as Head of the busy All Saints Primary School.  Kirkgate by Liz Boughton
Kirkgate by local artist Liz Boughton

w/eJuly 14
 Former Mayor and the voice of common sense behind Cockermouth Labour Party, Mrs Mary Graham, passed away at the age of 58.  Steve and Ally Michael step in to help keep Cockermouth Youth Club going at Cockermouth School. The school also sees the erection of wind turbine sized floodlights on the edge of town.

w/e July 7 2001
 After 33 years in the force Inspector Bill Cassidy retires from the police as Inspector at Cockermouth. He is replaced by the very able Inspector Jayne Hall. Those 33 years have seen the service decline to an occasionally manned police station in Cockermouth and a CCTV system that seems to miss a lot of what is going on!  

w/e June 30
 Two of the towers of Cockermouth Castle have been placed on the English Heritage register of At Risk buildings. The 13th century Bell Tower is well known to be leaning like the Tower of Pisa. To see if your house is at risk! you can check out at  

w/e June 23
Bassenthwaite Lake has become home to the first Osprey or Sea Eagle family in 150 years. Great secrecy has surrounded the nest overlooked by Skiddaw. Carefully supervised viewing point is at Mireside on the Keswick to Bothel road. So keep your eyes aloft and spot the profile of this fish eating sky hawk Poor turnout for Labour across Cumbria culminates in a Tory-LibDem pact seizing control of the County Council.
After his driver Colin Macrae's win in the Acropolis Rally, Malcolm Wilsons Motorsport operation eyes up the possible development of the former Broughton Moor NATO dump.
Cockermouth Town Council rightly highlight the inadequate access of Windmill Lane for future housing plans to the east of the town.

w/e June 16
 Foot and Mouth cull claims many of the animals at Trotters Animal Farm, popular with local schoolchildren.
Labour group leader on Allerdale. Coun Mark Fryer, gets voted into £27,000 leadership job.
Monday's  Market in Cockermouth declines to extent that the market management firm suggest move to the Main Street.
Former Workington Reds striker Wayne Nicholls is new mine host at the Wordsworth Hotel.

w/eJune 9
 County Council allows some access to the high fells...for fuller details please go to this County Council web page. Dale Campbell Savours is elevated to the peerage after being given a life peerage by Tony Blair. Dale has pledged to give their Lordships a reforming Shale-up!
Labour's Tony Cunningham elected with over 23,000 votes. Meanwhile in the county council poll Cockermouth now represented by Conservatives Tim Heslop and Eric Nicholson. For fuller details.

w/e June2
 New Reef coffee bar proves big with local last somewhere to hang out.  Local artists in the Beck Road group, including Cockermouth's Len Roope, Alan Hobbs Papcastle, Philomena Taylor from Brigham and Susan Fleming from Papcastle at the Regeneration Gallery, Market Place until 27 June.
W/e May 26 2001
County Council announces that some of the Lakeland fells may reopen to the tourists left sidelined by the Foot and Mouth restrictions. Reopening scheduled for June 9.
Sad news that Kovary's Opus3 classical record shop is to close after many years loyal service. Wide screen cinema comes to the area with the opening of the Plaza multiplex at Workington .
 Yet again Cockermouth is told to wait for its Sainsbury's superstore. Opening now put back to 2003 because of Foot and Mouth crisis.
w/e May 19 2001
 The town celebrates the discovery of the stolen statue of the infant Dorothy Wordsworth. The statue had graced Harris Park since April 7 1896 on Wordsworth's birthday. The child sculpture was stolen in January 2000.little Dorothy comes home safely   Armathwaite Hall Hotel is the scene for the tear-jerking departure of Alma (Amanda Barrie) from the storyline of Coronation Street. Also in town for the folming was Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs)

w/e May 12 2001
 Parliamentary candidates for the June 7 General Election are: Tim Stoddard (Conservative), Ian Francis (Lib Dem), Tony Cunningham (Labour) and John Peacock Cannabis Alliance.  

w/e May 4 2001
 Will a strip act scene boost the audiences for a new young Cockermouth Amatuer Dramatic's production of Ben Elton's Popcorn at the
Kirkgate Centre on May 9?
 TV wildlife personality David Bellamy was in town lecturing to Cumbria Wildlife Trust. The lakesland fells are still decalred off-limits by the county council as the number of Foot and Mouth cases declines in the warmer Spring weather.

w/e April 15
 The culling reaches the very edge of Cockermouth as cattle and sheep face slaughter . This was the scene on Easter Sunday near Cockermouth School as the covered HGV prepare for the sad task of disposal.  

w/e March 31
 Foot and Mouth crisis starts to bite with 300 Cumbrian cases and latest casualty is another delay to the plan by Mitchells Auction Co to move out to the A66. This in turn may yet again delay arrival of Sainsbury store.

 Pressure builds for a roundabout at the deadly Brigham-Broughton junction on the A66.

African sculptor Ronnie Dongo visits the new Regeneration Gallery in the town.

w/e March 24
 Wordsworth House is to open early to try and help the tourist trade in the Foot and Mouth crisis. The house, notorious in the past for "always being shut", opens at weekends.  Lady Egremont is to be asked if Cockermouth Castle could enjoy more Open Days as part of the town's bid to maintain a welcome for tourists. (Read our Cockermouth is Open for Business updates)

w/e March 16
 Broughton Red Rose RL and the parish council back big plkans for new floodlit rugby facilities at Great Broughton.

Work supposed to strengthen the main Cocker bridge starts.
 As the tourist trade plummets with cancelled bookings farmers wait to see the impact of a government order to cull all livestock within three kilometres of foot and mouth infected farms.
Ian Francis a 67 year old Labour defector is to run as Lib Dem candidate for the Parliamentary seat at the next general election.

w/e March 10 2001
 A price tag of £6,000 is expected from a portrait of Cockermouth MP Joseph Musgrave who made a fortune in 18th century through collecting taxes on cattle moving through Cumberland. Because most Scots cattle was driven on the hoof along drove roads an estimated 25,000 beasts a year passed through generating plenty of revenue.  The Foot and Mouth crisis started to hit close to home at Cockermouth with 1,000 sheep being slaughtered at New Hall Farm between Dearham and Broughton.

w/e February 24
 The Foot and Mouth crisis shuts down livestock movements and Cockermouth Marts.  MEANWHILE Cockermouth Auction celebrate their best ever antiques sale with more than £1/2 million items going under the hammer. Included in the sale were paintings including a 19th century Venetian work sold for £48,000 to a buyer from Monaco.

w/e February 17
 Cockermouth School PTA plan fashion show on April 4 to raise school funds. Contact point is Rose Luchini Tel. 01900 325940  National Trust want to use Lottery grants to turn the Wordsworth House into a themed visitor centre
w/e February 10
 A woman who was mentally disturbed and suicidal was jailed for two years for causing the death of popular Cockermouth teacher Penelope Feather in December 1999. Maryport woman Dawn Kirkpatrick had drunk a bottle of vodka and crashed her car head on into the Feathers' vehicle. Judge Brown only banned Kirkpatrick from driving for ten years when many felt a lifetime ban would have been far more appropriate.  A concrete drum of toxic waste destined for the controversial Alco waste dump at Lillyhall, exploded on the A66 at Cockermouth showering cars. Nobody was hurt.

w/e Feb3
 Stan Payne MBE to retire in March as manager of Castle Fisheries. Taking over is Dave Smith.
Mitchells end their Monday Mart and switch livestock showing to Wednesday. Also the end of an era as Rickerby's announce closure of its Cockermouth depot which has a history going back to 1880. The firm is rationalisiing its business across the area.
 Labour stalwart and local businessman Roger Hannah died at the age of 78.

w/e January 26 2001
 Prince Charles drops in to congratulate Malcolm Wilson on his Ford Motorsport development at Dovenby. The day before the Prince paid no heed to MPs views and went hunting with the Blencathra pack.  Talk of the former athletics track out on Lorton road becoming a speedway racing venue appeared to recede after Allerdale indicated they want the Town Council to take over the running track.

w/e January 19
 Local MP Dale Campbell Savours opts to vote in favour of the ban on fox hunting.  To revive Cockermouth's poorly supported Market, plans are discussed to switch from Mondays to Saturdays. But Allerdale will have to consider the likely traffic snarl ups on busy Kirkgate.

w/e January 12 2001
 Sainsbury's say they will start building work for their new superstore this October. It has been a five year battle for the store to come to town.  Cannabis will be on the agenda at the next General Election vote for the Workington constituency. John Peacock from Silloth who uses cannabis for his epilepsy, will be the legalise Cannabis Alliance candidate running against Tony Cunningham (Labour) and Tim Stoddart (Conservative).

w/e January 5 2001
 The booming Ford World Rally Championship base at Dovenby built up by rally ace Malcolm Wilson is considering bidding for the Broughton Moor ex-NATO weapons dump to create a racing circuit. The Dovenby centre is set to employ 200.  Cockermouth Town Clerk, David Bertram is honoured with an MBE partly for his work in developing Cockermouth's Twinning with French town of Marvejols.
W/E Dec 23 2000

 The rains stopped at last and crisp flurries of snow gave Grassmoor a white and Christmassy feel. The town enjoys a White Xmas week.  Former road mender Tommy Hill celebrates his 103rd birthday at Holmewood Home.
Some shops try a Sunday -Christmas Eve opening, but the last day's shopping is subdued.

W/e 16 December 2000
 Public money is being used to help the Mitchell's out of town auction site development. Work could start next spring on the Wellington farm site. The North West Development Agency is stumping up £5m for road and servicing. The moves will facilitate the arrival of Sainsbury's.  The Town Council's part of next year's council tax precept will rise by 10% to help cover recent vandalism to the Memorial Garden playground.

W/e 9 December 2000
 A inquest jury recorded an accidental death verdict on 43 year old farm worker, Fred Thompson, who was trampled to death by a bull at Greysouthern in June of this year.  Swollen rivers after non-stop rain almost claimed two. Police dragged a woman to safety by the Trout Hotel car park after she had jumped into the raging River Cocker at Low Sands Lane. Meanwhile a pregant ewe was rescued from the same beck by Tony Mottram at Rubbybanks Road.

w/e 2 December 2000
As Kirkgate centre once again hosts Cockermouth Beer Festival, Jennings Brothers record profits of £4.39 million, up 51%.
Town councillors seem sympathetic to the idea of under 16 disco nights at Sam's Bar.
 Although there is no real route out of town for them council experts want to strengthen the Cocker bridge to take 40 tonne HGVs. Near farce as scaffolding erected in the midst of nationwide flood alerts is soon washed away.

w/e Nov 25
 The girls of Cockermouth Swimming Club came home with medals from a top Olymoic style trial at Salford, Manchester.
No Coronation Street stars for this year's Christmas Lights turn on on Sunday Nov 26. Mayor Isabel Burns will turn on the usual "Best in West Cumbria" display.
Cockermouth School gets a high score in its OFSTED inspection report.
 Allerdale Planners give out a Yea and a Nay. New caravan site proposal for Brigham is approved but residents of St Helens Street gain a rejection for plans to turn Routledge's former garage into a motor cycle business.

w/e Nov 18
Cockermouth folk club develops at its new base at the Kirkgate Centre. For details of events see their own web pages at
 Traffic Calming measures to start shortly in Gallowbarrow.
 Former Allerdale Council Chief Executive, Tony Perry, from Bassenthwaite, is pressing a cash claim against the council over the way he was sacked nine years ago

w/e Nov 11
Popular children's play area overlooking the Memorial Gardens needs £8,000 of repairs after repeated vandalism.
The rains just held off for a successful fireworks extravaganza by the Derwent.
 Major plans to exploit the town's Wordsworth connection are discussed. Could the town become a Georgian style theme area?

w/e November 4
 Haulier Eric Nicholson nails his colours to the mast by backing the fuel protests threatening to block the motorways by slow moving convoys.
Westfield Housing Association gets huge government grant to provide affordable public sector homes for Cockermouth.
 Sky TV were filming their Driven series in Whinlatter for with M Sport from Dovenby.
Derwent keeper, Tony Skillen is a hero after he dives in an rescue's Manchester angler swept away by the raging river.
Christmas window dressing will be judged on Dec 6. Lights big switch on November 26th.
w/e October28 2000
 Fairfield school children get their own go at rock carving when they visit the Regeneration Gallery.
Cockermouth won the Europe Prize (Prix de l'Europe) for the success of the town's twinning with French town Marvejols.
 Police say they have issued 58 parking tickets as thoughtless parking on bus stops and double parking continue to be the order of the day for many lazy drivers.
Embleton gets new youth clubs meeting every Friday night in the village hall.
Tom Hughes announces he is retiring after ten years at the helm of the town's civic trust.

w/e October14
 Petrol price competition returns and Oakhurst starts selling unleaded at 77.9 pence a litre.  Tributes paid to Cockermouth policeman Mark Norman, 32, found dead in his car at his Whitehaven home.

w/e October 7
 New world record price at Mitchells Auction for a Herdwick ram. Broughton in Furness farmer pays £3,517 for a shearling bred by Mark Potter from Matterdale.  Police say they are to reduce opening hours at Workington police station from 24 hours to 12 hours a day to "provide a better service!"

w/e Sept 30
 Cockermouth motorists suffer at hands of local petrol cartel. Prices at the town's three filling stations set at 80.9 pence a litre while elsewhere in West Cumbria prices are 79.9p.  

w/e Sept23
 Traffic calming plans for Gallowbarrow are welcomed by staff and parents at Fairfield Schools.  The 15 year saga of the Keswick Timeshare disaster starts to end for Allerdale Council with a legal bill of £1.2 million and no liability admitted. But former chief executive Tony Perry says he wants payment for the way he was sacked nine years ago.

w/e Sept 16
 16 year old moped rider dies in A66 Brigham collision with milk tanker. There follow calls for a new road layout as the junction keeps claiming lives. Cockermouth's petrol pumps run dry during the national fuel blockades. Big sheep marts still held despite the dry pumps.
Plans revealed to convert the old ruined windmill in Brewery Lane into a dwelling.

w/e Sept 9 2000
 Controversy bubbles up over whether the new Grassmoor Sports Centre at Strawberry How will take over the Tarn Close running track.
CASS playgroup got a new outdoor adventure playground.
 Cockermouth male nurse, Anthony Rolf Norendal struck off the nurses register after inquiry into 1998 incident at the then Dovenby Hall Hospital

w/e Sept 2 2000
 Alfred McAlpine Homes is applying for planning consent for 55 static and more touring caravans at Stang Lonning Quarry in Brigham.  Cockermouth RU sign 25 year old South African Carl Theunnisen, he joins existing SouthAfrican Walter Cloete.
Motor Sport at Dovenby could just be the beginning as other firms look to the 115 acre Dovenby Hall Estate.

w/e August 26
 Cockermouth Schools enjoys best ever A level results with average 96% pass rate.  Special summer school at Cockermouth to boost leadership potential of 11 and 12 year olds. See their efforts at the web site produced by the children.

w/e August 19
 £6.8 million new A66 road route to Workington published.  Patrick Leonard, 42, from a Liverpool Employment Agency is appoinited Allerdale's new £70,000 pa Chief Executive, taking over from Chris Hart, recently retired on ill health grounds.
w/e August 12 2000
A planning application has been made to restore, and convert into a home, the 250 year old former Windmill which it was feared would have been lost. The Cockermouth Civic Trust welcome the application.   War has broken out between Cockemouth Town Council, and Brigham Parish Council, over the possible moving of the bounday which is through the middle of the new McAlpine estate at Fitz Park. Half is in one parish, the other half in the other at a different council tax rate.

w/e July 29
 Jennings plan a new visitor centre in the former Car Museum. Mitchells auction recorded a pre-tax loss of £64,000 after a year of heavy investments. But the firm say the deal to relocate and see Sainsbury's come to town is still on target for Xmas 2001.  Cockermouth Show enjoyed enough sunshine to be a success.
Barry Hinkley from Bassenthwaite resigned his top job as Stagecoach Chief Executive after police in Texas accused him of a sex offence. He denied the charge.

w/e July 22
 Allerdale scrutiny committee to investigate councillors Mark Fryer and Alan Smith after Tory claims. But author of the claims, Simon Collins later resigns from Conservative party. Scrutiny committee clears Couns Fryer and Smith. Fairfield School gets good Ofsted report.  Uncle Sams Bar granted extra time after 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays despite local objections. Police made no objections. Brigham farmersBilly and Rodnet Thompsoin fined £1,000 each after pleading guilty to selling unfit milk.

w/e July 15
 Allerdale health inspectors start action for temporary prohition of churn milk supply against farmer Frank Chester of Embleton. Opposition growing to the two pence a litre extra Cockermouth motorists have to pay compared with Carlisle.
CAMRA votes the Bitter End its Best in the West pub again.

w/e July 8
 William Cartwight, 56, died of hypothermia after sleeping in sleeping bag on floor of his home at Simonscale Lane, inquest rules.
Brewers Jennings now providing a book your bedroom in local inns on their web site
Juliet Barker, author of new Wordsworth biography is a sell out when she gives talk at Wordsworth House.
 Allerdale councillors claimed a total of over £80,000 in expenses this year, set to double to £152,000 next year.

w/e July 1
 Cockermouth Amateur Sports Assocition forced to close after 32 years. Running track at Tarn Close to be handed back to Allerdale Council.
Boundary Commission makes proposal to move parishes of Eaglesfield and Greysouthen from Allerdale and into Copeland.
 Assistant school caretaker Graham Reid celebrated his 50th by an award from the Blood Transfussion service for 31 years.
June 27 Extensive damage to Lindsays butchers in Station Street after electrical fault at midnight.
Malcolm Wilson joins bidding for Carlisle Airport site.

w/e June 24
 Cockermouth Mountain Rescue has an appeal to raise funds for a new headquarters.  Andrew Davies from Eaglesfields Paddle School won the Most Outstanding Teacher in a primary school prize in a national contest.

w/e June 17 2000
 By just eight votes Labour chose former teacher and MEP Tony Cunningham as their future parliamentary candidate.
Ministry of Defence confirmed that Broughton Moor dump would not be sold on for an opecast coal site.
 Thousands turned out for town's carnival fun.
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w/e June 10 2000
 Bungling bank robber, described as a George Michael Lookalike failed to get away with any cash from NatWest Bank in Keswick  Jennings Brewers turned in 55% rise in half-yearly profits. Sales rose to £15.2 million.
Cockermouth School will be the hustings venue on Sunday as six candidates bid to be chosen by Labour Party members to contest the seat that Dale Campbell Savours will relinquish at the next election.

w/e June 3 2000
 Allerdale councillors turned down a request for a 2 am closing time for Sam's Bar, claiming local residents objected.  Local councils start to prepare a bid to buy the 1,200 acre Broughton Moor weapons dump off the Ministry of Defence.

w/e May 27 2000
 Cockermouth Town Council chose nurse, Cllr Mrs Isabel Burns as the town's new Mayor.
Latest phase of housing (19 flats) at Derwent Mill branded unneighbourly by Town Council
 Former Reds and Carlisle soccer player, Jon Rush takes over as the area's detective chief inspector

w/e May 20 2000
Charles Graves of Armathwaite Hall Hotel wins Cumbrian Catering international award
Eaglesfield School comes in the top 5% nationally of Ofsted inspections.
 Cockermouth councillor Alan Smith (Labour) is chosen as the new Mayor of Allerdale.

w/e May 13 2000
 Restoration of the Victorian salt water Stanger spa completed thanks to the efforts of Cockermouth Civic Trust. A Cockermouth woman denied in court that she had commited bigamy in marrying a local man.
Parishioners of Christ Church swam a total of 21 miles in a sponsored event at Castle Inn pool to start fund raising for roof and other repairs to the church.
 Brigham farmers Billy and Rodney Thompson of Scales Farm face court charges relating to sales of unfit milk linked to E coli outbreak that put 28 people from the Cockermouth area in hospital. Cases adjourned to July 4.

w/e May 6 2000
 Keswick Magistrates court closes after 100 years of dealing out justice. Cockermouth School is to plant a Millennium wood on land alongside Isel Road. The school is also to get a synthetic sports pitch.  New hotel and race horse training complex backed by George Campbell gets planning consent on Winscales Moor.

w/e April 29 2000
 Tank Richardson, Cockermouth player coach flew out to Japan with the likes of JPR Williams to play for a Lions over 35 tournament.
RU scrum half Adrian Bowe seriously ill after being rushed to hospital after collapsing at his home. He is later taken off the danger list.
 Over 3,000 people signed a petition fighting a plan by Cumbria police to downgrade the town's police station.
Stagecoach plan to cut some Cockermouth town bus services to Rose and Beech Lanes.
Cockermouth School youth club got £1,000 council grant so it can send out its own E mails.

w/e April 22 2000

The whole of West Cumbria watched with concern the threats to reprocessing at Sellafield. A Radio5 Live survey showed that big business would not come to West Cumbria because it was "too remote."
Police in Cockermouth say they will prosecute motorists obstructing the town's three new zebra crossings.
Concern is growing over a footpath and car park used each
day by children at All Saints School. The land known as Old Tan Yard is being sold by the County Council.
 The Market Place gained a new venue with opening of the Regeneration Gallery in the former Billy Bowman shop. The gallery started by Groundwork Trust will feature hand crafted furniture and sculpture.
Former MEP Tony Cunningham was secretly filmed by agents working for the Iraqui secret service in Paris as he carried out his new role with Indict a group trying to bring Saddam Hussein to justice.
Cockermouth RU beat Rossendale by a resounding 17-3.

w/e April 15 2000
 Allerdale Solicitor, Nick Fardon and community services director, Mike Phillips, take over duties at Allerdale Council after chief executive Chris Hart retires on health grounds.
A week of motoring mayhem around Cockermouth with a fatal collision at Moota and serious crashes at Bothel, on the Lamplugh Road and near the Sheep and Wool Centre.
Cockermouth Civic Society launched a
Town Trail through Cockermouth taking in landmarks and associations with astronomer Fearon Fallows, Wordsworth and the Sixth Earl of Mayo.
 Millennium sundial designed by pupil, Jonathan Deegan-Ross was unveiled at Cockermouth chool.
Cockermouth joins Istanbul and Vienna in being awarded Europe Award for the success of its 17 years Twinning with
French town Marvejols. With the award comes a school scholarship.
Cockermouth RU coach Mark Richardson is cleared of allegedly kicking during the recent semi-final against Workington Zebras.
w/e April 8 2000
 Mary Graham from Cockermouth has been re-elected president of Workington Constutency Labour Party. She will play an important role in the forthcoming selection of a candidate to take over from Dale Campbell Savours.
Magistrates granted bail to a 17 year old local youth charged with wounding after a stabbing incident in the car park by the Kirkgate Centre.
KayleyWilson, 10 and Liam McCall, 10 got "wed" in a mock wedding for fun at All Saints School.
Little Clifton , Eaglesfield, Blincrake, Tallentire and Papcastle to benefit from a new minibus route. Contact for scheme is Lawrence Horrigan Tel.01946 831387.
 Orange mobile phones refused planning consent for an aerial mast in the Sullart Street car park.
Sainsbury's moved step closer to coming to town when Allerdale councillors set aside county objections and approved details of Mitchell's Auctions plans for a new mart at Wellington Farm on the outskirts of town. It has been five years wrangling already to reach this point.
Thirteen year old girl fights off attacker on cycleway near Lorton Road.
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