A SERIES of podcasts to mark 1,900 years of Hadran's Wall will help put Maryport on the map.

Francesca Waite, the great granddaughter of Maryport personality, the late Emilia Cueto, who opened the Crosby Street fish and chip shop, has returned to Maryport with colleague Sean Cartwright to create the series Maryport Folk.

Working with the Senhouse Roman Museum, the project was supported by the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Community Grants - made possible with the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The first eipisode, aired last week, is an introduction to the series, which will look at the history of Maryport in the last 100 years, as well as the significance of Hadrian’s Wall to those living in one of the farthest flung outposts of the Roman Empire.

"We explore the natural surroundings and its influence on the artists and culture in the town. We learn more about where the people of Maryport work and the economics of the area. Finally, we talk about community and the large role it plays in life in Maryport," Francesca said.

The podcast records the stories of the people of Maryport past and present, finding out more about their opinions and beliefs, discussing what’s important to them and trying to unpick what makes Maryport special. 

"1900 years since the Romans built their large fort at Alauna, on the western edge of Hadrian’s Wall, we are preserving the voices from there from 2022. Passing down folk stories from the folk of Maryport!"

The podcast, Maryport Folk, is available on all podcast sites, including Spotify, Apple and Audible. The first episode is available now and there will be more episodes in the series to follow, which will be available to listen to indefinitely. 

The Maryport Folk Instagram page is also being updated with any news about the project @maryport_folk

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