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SIR JOHN BARROW MONUMENT REOPENS - ULVERSTON

After being closed for eight years and a £1.2m refurbishment, the Sir John Barrow Monument, on Hoad Hill Ulverston, reopened on 22nd August 2010. The opening ceremony was attended by a large crowd. In the evening the monument was illuminated, before a spectacular firework display set the seal on the celebrations.
The Monument contains a display area and a spiral staircase leading to a viewing gallery that provides spectacular views all around (with new identification boards provided outside).
It is open for visitors between 2 and 5 p.m. on Sundays and Bank holidays. Disabled access can be provided by four-wheeled vehicle.

LANTERN PROCESSION - ULVERSTON

Ulverston's Lantern Procession takes place at the end of the Charter Festival, held during the first two week's of September. Four "rivers of light" join up at the Coronation Hall and parade to Ford Park. Several hundred lanterns, large and small, illustrate the year's theme........it's not every day that a large teapot and a grinning Cheshire cat hold up the traffic on the A590. Usually the 2nd Ulverston scouts excel themselves with a lantern mounted on two bicycles!

Ulverston lantern parade 2008

Ulverston lantern parade 2009


LAUREL & HARDY BRONZE STATUE - ULVERSTON - 2009

 

LAUREL & HARDY BRONZE STATUE

The statue was unveiled in Ulverston, outside the Coronation Hall, in the refurbished County Square, on April 19th 2009 by comedian Ken Dodd.

Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston and the statue was paid for by the "Sons of the Desert". A popular Laurel and Hardy Museum can be found in the Roxy cinema building behind the Cornation Hall.

Hardy was a descendant of the Captain Hardy who was at Nelson'd side as he died during the Battle of Trafalgar. Sir John Barrow (Hoad Monument), as Second Secretary to the Admiralty, saw them both off to that battle.

 

DICKENSIAN WEEKEND - ULVERSTON - LAST WEEKEND IN NOVEMBER

Growing in size and popularity every year since 1998, the Dickensian Weekend in Ulverston attracts visitors from all over the north of England and beyond. It offers three stages providing entertainment, parades, dozens of stalls, rides and fun activities for children, fireworks, plus all the local specialist shops. Townsfolk dress in period costume to create the right atmosphere.


40 to 50 coaches are greeted by the Town Crier and a Councillor - anyone seen the stagecoach?
Colonel Spours of the East Lancs Hussars (aka Chairman, Ulverston Traders' Association) selling programmes - and it's not a false moustache!
The Lake District Steam Company bus offers a tour of the town - and does what it says on the tin!
First Aid? A bit late for this Morris dancer!
Traditional swill-making.
They knew how to keep their feet warm in Dickensian times!
Grandpa and grand-daughter walk into town in 1860? Shame about the double yellow lines.

BRITISH KITE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP - WALNEY ISLAND

A round of the British Championship is held each year on the beach at Earnse Bay. It is one of the most popular locations in Britain with the surf riders - sandy beach, good camping, plenty of wind, and beautiful scenery. Spectacular action for spectators too.


Sometimes even the champions get it wrong!