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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Cumbrian carriage legend injured at Lowther showground

Two people needed medical treatment after a carriage driving incident at the Lowther showground.

Legendary carriage-driver George Bowman senior was airlifted to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary with head and chest injuries following yesterday's incident.

His condition was last night said to be stable.

The 79-year-old, from Penrith, was believed to have been driving a carriage at the Lowther showground last night when a horse ran away and it overturned.

Mr Bowman senior was thrown from the carriage, suffering head and chest injuries.

The Great North Air Ambulance’s Pride of Cumbria helicopter was called at about 4.50pm.

A spokesman said that the casualty was treated at the scene by on site medical staff and the GNAAS doctor and paramedic, before being flown to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary in a stable condition.

He added: “A 23-year-old female sustained minor injuries in the same incident but was discharged at the scene.”

It is believed that Prince Philip, who is in the county for the show, may well have been a witness to the accident, as he and Mr Bowman are friends because of their mutual love of the sport.

Friends and family of the world carriage-driving champion took to social media sites last night to reassure people that  Mr Bowman would be okay.

He is described as being fine, suffering mainly from cuts and bruises.

Don’t miss Monday’s News & Star for full coverage of the Lowther event

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