Mysterious fires, old pub names, Jimi Hendrix and nostalgic pictures of Carlisle have all helped attract over 2,000 to a Facebook page set up to celebrate the city’s heritage.
The Old Carlisle Facebook page boasts hundreds of photographs chronicling changes in the city over the last century and even longer ago. We're printing a selection of pictures in tomorrow's News & Star
It is a great use of Facebook as many of the photographs have sparked lively discussions as Carlisle Facebook users add in more details and information or just meander off down memory lane and swap nostalgic thoughts about times gone by.
So a picture of Jimi Hendrix dropping in at the Fringe Boutique when he was in Carlisle to support Engelbert Humperdinck at the Lonsdale in 1967 is enriched with comments that tell us the names of the “foxy ladies” in the photo (Yvonne (left) and Susan Gillespie), who took it (Mike Huggin), who else was on the bill that night and so on.
I certainly didn’t realise that there is a live recording of Hendrix telling an audience about some chick he met at Carlisle’s Golden Lion pub.
The Facebook page was set up by Andrew Hill just five weeks ago and he’s been amazed by the response.
“It started off with me just uploading a few pictures and I didn’t expect this many people to pay any attention. Carlisle library have been pleased too because we are discovering photos that have never been seen before,” he said.
Andrew, 43, has also been contacted by people visiting the page and recalling the pubs his parents ran in Carlisle, notably the Albion which is now the Rambler in Botchergate.
Other galleries look at industrial heritage and buildings that have long been demolished.
The discussion area is being well used too with 60 posts on city centre characters from the 80s and 90s, for example.
And there some serious debates have sprung up too about the way Carlisle has been developed. So there is a lot about the Lonsdale (which also has its own Facebook group) and some robust exchanges about Castle Way, James St Pools and Carlisle heritage.
City councillor Gareth Ellis has been joining in the debates and reveals how he complained to English Heritage about the “scruffy” moat area only to be told that its steep slopes could no longer be cut because of health and safety fears which he describes as “shocking”.
The Old Carlisle Facebook page is clearly giving people a lot of pleasure many of whom have responded by uploading their own pictures for discussion.
One woman posted this poignant thank you which says it all really: “I have just enjoyed a good hour sharing this with my husband. He was farmer and just over a year ago suffered a stroke which has left him without mobility and speech.
“He’s only 63 and used to go to Carlisle auction buying and wants to know if anyone can put pics of the auction and farming. So come on you farmers out there: he will be so pleased and it would be something we can share together.”
Published: August 18, 2010
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Great stuff. Maybe now the council will keep some of the old Carlisle now. I am Carlisle born & bred. It has been great to see all the pictures and chat about my home town. Even if i am many miles away.
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