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Forest of Bowlandreceives European Tourism Award
The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been
awarded the European Charter for sustainable tourism in protected areas,
for the second time. It remains the only protected area in England to
achieve the honour to date.
The award was presented by Carol Ritchie, Director of the EUROPARC
Federation and received on behalf of the Forest of Bowland AONB by
County Councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of the county council,
who is chair of the AONB's joint advisory committee.
The Charter is awarded to protected areas which improve the sustainable
development and management of tourism, and which ensure that this takes
account of the needs of the environment, local residents, businesses and
The Forest of Bowland AONB Unit has been working closely with tourism
businesses in the area for over five years, and the area is becoming
well known as a sustainable destination for high quality but low impact
holidays, and offering excellent opportunities for walking, cycling and
Carol Ritchie said: "The Forest of Bowland AONB is leading the way in
working with tourism businesses, and we are impressed with their
partnership approach and the good practice they promote. We hope that
the AONB will continue to go from strength to strength and be a shining
beacon to other Charter areas in the UK."
County Councillor Albert Atkinson said: "This award demonstrates that
the Forest of Bowland AONB is implementing a strategic approach to
working with local communities and tourism businesses to deliver tourism
that complements and helps to promote our beautiful landscape, its
wildlife and heritage, as well as supporting local employment and local
The Charter was awarded at the Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall near
Clitheroe, and as part of the day's proceedings local tourism
entrepreneurs were also recognised for their contribution to making
their own businesses more sustainable. All of these operations are
European Charter partner businesses, and the owners who were presented
with their Green Tourism awards included:
Bleasdale Cottages, nr Garstang, Wyre Gold award
Bowland Wild Boar Park, Chipping, Ribble Valley Silver award
Bridge House Tea Rooms. Wray, Lancaster Bronze award
Clough Bottom Farm cottages, Bashall, Ribble Valley Gold award
Cobble Hey Farm & Gardens, Garstang, Wyre Gold award
Dalesbridge Centre, Austwick, Craven Gold award
Higher Gills Farm, Rimington, Ribble Valley Gold award
Hornby Village Institute, Hornby, Lancaster Silver award
Malkin Tower cottages, Blacko, Pendle Gold award
Off the Rails cycle hire, Settle, Craven Silver award
Parkfoot Holiday Homes, Ingleton, Craven, Silver award
Spring Head Farm cottages, Bolton by Bowland, RV Bronze award
The Priory Hotel, Scorton, Garstang, Wyre Bronze award
Waddow Hall, Waddington, Ribble Valley Silver award
Wolfen Mill county retreats, Chipping, Ribble Valley Silver award
For more information contact Cathy Hopley on 01200 448000 or at
left to right - Mike Pugh, Hetty Byrne, Forest of Bowland AONB, Carol
Ritchie Chief Executive of EUROPARC and County Cllr Albert Atkinson
holding the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas
Certificate, Cathy Hopley, Forest of Bowland AONB, and host of the event
and owner of Browsholme Hall, Robert Parker, outside Tithe Barn,
Avro Lancaster crash, Brampton, Cumbria
On the night of 9th January 1943 a Royal Air Force Lancaster flying over Germany was diverted to Crosby on Eden airfield (now Carlisle Airport), because of bad weather over its own base at Skellingthorpe in Lincolnshire. Whilst trying to land at Crosby, the pilot experienced problems and had to overshoot and try again. During the overshoot procedure the airspeed dropped below a safe working level and the aircraft gradually lost height until it hit the ground in a field about half a mile South West of what is now The Kirby Moor Hotel in Brampton.
The undercarriage was destroyed on impact and the aircraft slid for half a mile showering wreckage across the field and over Church Lane, finally coming to rest and exploding as it hit a brick built barn to the rear of Kirby Moor. The barn burst into flames destroying two cars and killing or severely injuring thirty greyhounds, a bulldog, and a Yorkshire terrier that were kennelled inside. Two cars along with numerous wedding gifts that were stored in the barn were completely destroyed too. Apart from two survivors that were thrown from the wreckage the entire crew of the Lancaster were killed.
The result of the crash was a huge explosion and a wall of flame that shot up the rear of The Kirby Moor. Thousands of rounds of 303 machine gun bullets and other ammunition sprayed the surrounding area as the fire gutted what was left of the fuselage. Fortunately on the evening of the 9th of January a fierce easterly gale was blowing which directed the flames away from the house. Mr and Mrs. Sutcliffe, the residents, were just finishing their supper in the rear kitchen when they heard the strange roaring sound of the stricken aircraft followed by an enormous explosion. This was followed by the sound of exploding ammunition and breaking glass as one of the huge main undercarriage wheels of the Lancaster crashed through the staircase window and into the hallway of the house.
After taking cover underneath the dining room table for a few minutes untill the sound had lessened slightly, Mr and Mrs Sutcliffe emerged from the house to see what was happening. The sight that met their eyes was horrific. A sheet of flame as high as the trees, everything surrounding them was destroyed and ablaze. Ammunition was still exploding everywhere around them. Naturally, they were both severely shocked.
Meanwhile the flames had been clearly seen in Brampton, about half a mile away, the alarm raised and fire brigades at both Brampton and Carlisle alerted. Within minutes the local Brampton Fire brigade got down to the task of putting the fire out.
Note: The outline of a British Romano settlement is visible in the bottom right hand corner of this photograph.
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