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My short video film about Stainburn School in Workington and their application to achieve the 'Investors in People' award. I wonder what the children are doing now? My video can now be seen on my YouTube channel at www.JonDanzig.com at: http://youtu.be/Xoz9mfvcl7g

I am researching my late grandmother (Molly Bufell)'s family history and wonder if anyone can help. I know a lot of her sisters performed on the stage in Workington and her mother owned a guest house where a lot of the actors stayed. They lived in New Yard, Sewells Lane, Marsh Street, Jane Street and Jane Street. I also (...Read full memory)

I worked with Broughtons shows, doing the run. We spent two days in each place. We had a load of Cumberland lads working, Alan Blacklock, Jackie from Egremont. We stayed at Salterbeck. I knew a lass called Mary. I was Scots but they called me Scotch Paddy. I wonder if anybody on this web remembers them. It was hard work. I also remember a showman called Matty Taylor from Whitehaven run machines.

I was born in 1953 and my Grandfather was already dead. His name was William Bowe and he was the last mill keeper at Hall Mill, although his son John, my uncle, ran a joinery business for a few years from there. Billy Bowe was the last official mill keeper. It was purely a saw mill, powered entirely by water. How green was (...Read full memory)

The smell of molasses from the so called John Peel Brewery as the train from Carlisle approached Workington Main Station.