Posted: 19/11/2013 19:53:05 by Nigel Nixon

A record-breaking powerboat pilot has survived crashing at 130 mph on Coniston Water.

Keith Whittle, 57, from Hayling Island in Hampshire, was taking part in the Power Boat Records Week when his boat flipped. The annual event has been running in the Lake District for over 40 years.

Mr Whittle escaped with minor injuries but his accident was reminiscent of Donald Campbell’s fatal crash in January 1967.

The accident was caught on film by a spectator and Keith reflected on the incident in an interview with the BBC: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJlt-WjeAIE


Tagged with: Coniston, Crash, Boat


Posted: 04/06/2011 10:11:21 by Nigel Nixon

MORE than 10,000 people flocked to Crooklands at the weekend to celebrate quality local produce.

Country Fest — organised by Westmorland Agricultural Society — showcased the finest food and drink the area has to offer.

Independent food and drink producers and suppliers, who give the region its culinary reputation, tempted the senses at the County Showfield and gave visitors an insight into where their food comes from.

The family event also included a pets’ corner, ‘meet the farmer’, sheep shearing demonstrations, music and dance, a ‘grow your own’ area, crafts, beer festival, trade stands and dog shows.

Sheep dog trials were a new addition this year and The Westmorland Gazette hosted a wedding fair.

Richard and Barbara Mathews, from Kendal, were impressed with the range of items on sale and stocked up on locally-produced pies.

“We have such a wide variety of food here,” said Mr Mathews.

“We have got a lot of farmers who are extending what they do into other products and we like to support them.”

Tommy Brady, also from Lancaster, said: “The amount of food that is available is amazing. There are umpteen different types of sausage and pies — you want to buy it all.”

Christine Knipe, chief executive of Westmorland Agricultural Society, said: “The sunshine did bring people out on the Sunday and it was very busy.

"The feedback was positive.”

Tagged with: kendal, Lakeland, festival


Posted: 06/04/2011 16:22:34 by Anne-Marie O'Neill

GARDENERS’ World presenter Carol Klein has been confirmed as the special guest at The Holker Garden Festival June 3 and 5.



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