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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Then and now in pictures

HOW much has Workington changed?

The pictures from ‘then’ were loaned to the Times & Star by Reg McCallam, of Workington, and were all taken in the late 1960s or early 1970s – and our photographers have been out and about snapping the up-to-date views.

Reg, who lived at Moorclose, died recently aged 78. He had a keen interest in cinema and worked as projectionist at all four of Workington’s picture houses from 1946 to 1963. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the cinema, theatre and musicals.

If you have any reminiscences about Workington from bygone years, get in touch by filling in the form below or email here

  • The video link above is Seaton woman Ethel Fisher's take on the regeneration of Workington, in a dialect poem, Gone But Not Forgotten.

If you are a dialect speaker - or your grandparents/aunty/uncle speak dialect like no-one else you know - record them speaking on video and send it here - they could be the next stars of the Times & Star website!  Remember to get the speakers' permission before recording.

 

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Photo #7 of Brick Row, Northside particularly poignant as I lived there in the late 1960's, more or less opposite the road sign which if I remember stated it was 66 miles to Barrow!

Posted by Billy McDowell on 21 March 2013 at 21:09

There is one photograph there, of Upper Jane Street, which has to be really old. There is something on it that I have not seen walking around the town for many years; I think it is called a Policeman.

Posted by Dave on 10 July 2012 at 01:43

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