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Memories of Workington prove a Facebook smash

A page celebrating old Workington on social networking website Facebook has attracted more than 2,700 members in its first two weeks.

Derek Edgar
Derek Edgar

Derek Edgar, 42, of Little Clifton, set up the page for people to reminisce about Workington and upload photos of their favourite places around the town.

The page, which Mr Edgar created on February 3, attracted 199 people within three days.

Members have submitted about 1,000 old and new photographs of places and people including Workington’s old Ritz cinema, the steelworks, sports teams and street scenes.

He said: “The page has evolved so quickly, which has taken me by surprise.

“A great thing that has come out of it is there’s a number of people who have lost touch with friends over the years and have been reunited through the group.”

Mr Edgar, who has lived in and around Workington all his life, said that the group was a good place for people to discuss issues about the town.

He added: “The Facebook site has got people talking about Workington Hall and how it has become run down over the years, and Friar’s Well opposite the police station.

“I didn’t start the group up to start a campaign about anything but it is a good way for people to discuss anything they are passionate about.”

Have your say

My family came from Workington in the 18 and 1900s and I am hoping to visit within the next 12 months. I am really interested in finding anyone who might have information on the Hadfields of Workington. My grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth Hadfield who married a Johnston. Her father was John Hadfield who married Catherine (Kate) Bumford. I have hit a brick wall about John Hadfield's birth but believe it to be between 1836 and 1841 and on his marriage cert he states his father as William but I can find no trace. Any help to this Aussie cousin would be much appreciated.

Posted by Jennie Walsh on 31 December 2012 at 04:25

Dear Mr Edgar,
I am looking 4 My Grandfather(now dead)Grandparents never marrid but had my mother Frances Farish.His name was George Edgar and can find no trace of him. But he lived in Wton in 1933/34Is he in your ansestory?

Posted by Jackie Clark on 11 May 2012 at 13:04

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