TEN YEARS on: -
Easter 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Coniston Community taking over the running of the Information Centre. It is now operated by volunteer staff, and is open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day).
The A591 between Grasmere and Keswick re-opened today, May 11th, 2016, three weeks earlier than originally forecast. Well done to all concerned. North and South Lake District are reconnected, much to everyone's relief, especially those who had to contend daily with the huge diversion.
Take a drive along the road.....you can see clearly the enormous amount of work that has been carried out, both rebuilding the washed away road at Dunmail Raise, and clearing the landslides that blocked the road alongside Thirlmere.
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS
The new BBC film of Swallows and Amazons is due to be released in 2016. The original Arthur Ransome books were, of course, set around Coniston, based on Ransome's own experiences here. Some of the film has used locations in this area. The film has generated a certain amount of controversy, as the BBC decided to change the name of the character Titty Walker to "Tatty", as they thought the original would generate too many giggles in modern times. Older aficionados of the books, and descendants of the family on which the Walkers were based, are not amused.