“A dry stone wall
Is a wall and a wall,
(Cumberland and Westmorland
so says Norman Nicholson.
What a wonderful image! For the walls here are often made up of two separate walls enclosing a centre filled with small stones called “heartings”. The construction has long “through” stones to tie the two outer walls together and is finished off with a final top course of thinner slab-like stones on top of which the “cams” or coping stones were placed.
And Cumberland Wrestling is a traditional sport you can often still see at the Summer Shows including our own Broughton & Millom Show. The origin of this style of wrestling is a matter of debate, with some describing it as having evolved from Norse wrestling; others associate it with a Celtic tradition. It’s great fun to watch and as they start, gripping each other around the backs, it is easy to see why it reminded Nicholson of the Lake District walls which are some of the most distinctive and most loved features of the fells.
“The wall walks the fell –
Grey millipede on slow
Quotations taken from Norman Nicholson’s “Wall” in his 1981 collection “Sea to the West”. © The Trustees of the Estate of Norman Nicholson, by permission of David Higham Associates Limited.
Held at West Park, known locally as the “Show Ground”, Millom & Broughton Show is on the last Saturday in August every year. The field is easy to find: the first on the right running along the Coniston road and is a short walk from the holiday cottage. If you are lucky enough to be in the area, it’s a lovely way to spend a day.
The Show is relatively small – contained in the one field – but has lots to look at and enjoy. There are usually dog agility displays, fell racing, Cumberland wrestling and hound trailing, as well as all the livestock entrants, poultry tent and the fiercely competitive vegetable and flower competitions.
The tribe has variously entered edible necklaces, animals made out of vegetables, best handwriting of a poem and decorated wellies. More senior members of the tribe enter marmalade, bread and photographs.
Other local shows in August 2015 are:
How can you not be exhilarated by fresh, affordable art?
Ulverston’s Printfest is the UK’s artist led printmaking festival, dedicated showing and selling contemporary prints. You can look around and buy works from more than 40 national and international artists, including Printmaker of the Year, Katherine Jones (left). Artists will be giving demonstrations and there are printmaking workshops for all the family. Work will also be exhibited around Ulverston town in the Printfest Trail during April. The main exhibition will be at the Coronation Hall Sat 4 – Sun 5 May, 10 – 5 Tickets: £4 (Children & Students: free). Further details from Ulverston’s Coronation Hall or the PrintFest website.