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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:FEBRUARY/MARCH


COCKERMOUTH HERITAGE GROUP NEWS


MP, Sir John Randles


Winston Churchill is very much in the news through the success of the excellent film ‘Darkest Hour’. I wonder how many people know that Churchill came to Cockermouth as a young man in 1906? He addressed a crowd of around 2,000 people at the Drill Hall in July of that year (presumably, they couldn’t all get inside the building!), to give his support to Liberal candidate, Captain Guest, in the Cockermouth By-Election. His efforts proved unsuccessful, the eventual victor being Sir John Randles, the Unionist candidate.


This By-Election was significant at a time when the suffragists were pushing hard for change, and Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst herself recognised the importance of the result at Cockermouth in her memoir ‘My Own Story’:


“I think we began to be noticed in earnest after our first success in opposing a liberal candidate. This was in a by- election held at Cockermouth in August 1906...”


The Liberal Government had not followed through on its promises to advance the cause of votes for women and opposition to the Liberal candidate was seen by suffragists as the best way to further their cause. Mary Gawthorpe, a teacher and Labour activist, came to Cockermouth in 1906 in support of the Labour candidate, Robert Smillie (ironically, he was not sympathetic to the women’s cause). She attended various meetings with Smillie, campaigning in the local area, all her efforts directed towards ensuring that the Liberal candidate would not be elected. She describes returning to Labour Headquarters in Cockermouth, soaked to the skin:


“We sat around in the hotel committee room, immersed in our own steaming clothes; for I don’t think any of us had a change of outer garments. There was a piano in the room and it came about that I literally sang myself dry that day...”


In the event it was Sir John Randles, the Unionist candidate (a supporter of women’s suffrage) who was elected M.P.


If you would like to know more about women’s efforts to win the right to vote, this is one of the topics that will be covered in our summer exhibition at the Kirkgate Centre later in the year.


Gloria Edwards


Please get in touch with any comments/queries: Phone: 01900 823966


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LAKE DISTRICT HOTELS BAGS FOUR AA ROSETTES


Lake District Hotels are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a further four AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, following on from recent AA inspections.


Restaurants across the group now collectively hold eight accolades, which includes two rosettes at the Lodore Falls Hotel in Borrowdale, two rosettes at the George Hotel in Penrith, a rosette at the Borrowdale Hotel, one rosette at the Inn on the Square in Keswick and two rosettes at the Inn on the Lake in Ullswater.


Dani Hope, Marketing Director for the group said: “Eight rosettes across our seven hotels is a fantastic achievement, which we are all extremely proud of. It’s a reflection of the


hard work and commitment from our whole team which continues to exceed the standards required by the AA and by our guests. At Lake District Hotels we pride our hotels on sourcing the finest ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible.”


Pictured: Head Chef and Iain Grant, General Manager at the Inn on the Square, Head Chef and David Hobson, General Manager at the George Hotel, Head Chef and George Smith, General Manager at the Borrowdale Hotel, Matt Collins, General Manager and Head Chef at the Lodore Falls Hotel, Head Chef and Gary Wilson, General Manager at the Inn on the Lake, Executive Head Chef for Lake District Hotels.


ISSUE 423 | 22 FEBRUARY 2018 | 13


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