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Christmas Lighting Improvements

The Council has arranged for some additions to the Christmas lights in the area. Flimby Christmas Tree will be moved to the Village Green in the vicinity of ‘Woody’s’, where it should stand out more, & additional lights will be added to the trees at Netherhall Corner. The Council is also extending the lights at the bottom of Shipping Brow, to provide a continuous display from the Golden Lion round to the harbour side.

Grants

Many of the events which the Council supports have been cancelled in 2020, but the Council has provided additional support for Maryport Inshore Rescue & Shiver Me Timbers to enable them to keep operating. In addition, the following organisations have received grant funding in 2020:

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Christmas Lights Switch-on

Maryport Christmas lights will be switched on at 5.00pm on Saturday 23 November. The switch-on will be preceded by an afternoon of fun & entertainment for all the family on Senhouse Street, commencing at 1.00pm, organised by the Town Council. Christmas Trees are being provided courtesy of Iggesund, positioned at Netherhall Corner, the Aquarium, the Cottage Hospital & on the corner of Brook Street, Flimby.

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Britain’s First Black Policeman John Kent

Research carried out by former Cumbria Police Officer Ray Greenhow has identified that Britain’s first black police officer served his first period of duty between 1835 & 1837 in Maryport. That officer, John Kent, was the son of a freed slave from west Africa who worked for the Senhouse family in the Carlisle area in the 1770’s. It takes little to imagine the difficulties he must have faced at that time, in terms of tolerance & respect for racial diversity.

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