The year 1966 is perhaps best known for being when England secured its first – and still only – World Cup victory.

This was the year Bobby Moore’s team defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final on July 30, after a nail-biting and controversial match.
It was two goals from Geoff Hurst in extra time that secured a win for the home team, for the first time since the competition began in 1930 enabling an England player to hold the Jules Rimet trophy aloft in triumph.

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The final was covered enthusiastically by the Cumberland Evening News, which reported the drama as it unfolded.

News and Star: Carlisle Utd v Portsmouth - January, 1966
There was also drama on the football field closer to home, with Carlisle United chasing victory.
On January 15, they beat Portsmouth 2-1.

News and Star: The Carlisle stationmaster
It was the end of an era for the role of Carlisle stationmaster, which was being replaced by that of area manager.
Jimmy Leslie, the last to hold the title, is pictured looking dapper in 1966.

News and Star: Carlisle fire engine
Another remnant of a bygone age is the City of Carlisle Fire Brigade engine shown at the Warwick Street fire station.

News and Star: Children enjoy the sun in the river at Carlisle
In the same month as the World Cup final, a group of girls took to the Rover Petteril, in Carlisle, to cool off on a hot day.

News and Star: Long service awards at Carrs
And, in August, staff at Carr’s received long service awards.
The company synonymous with Carlisle was founded as a small bakery and biscuit factory in the city 1831 by Jonathan Dodgson Carr, receiving a royal warrant in 1841.

Within 15 years of being established, it had become one of Britain’s largest baking businesses.

News and Star: Senior citizens enjoying tea in Low Hesket Hall
Also in August, senior citizens came together to enjoy tea in Low Hesket Hall
Though it is the height of summer, some ladies are pictured wearing hats, while the waitresses are in uniform.

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The fashion show at Lanercost WI seems a modest affair, with the model wearing a simple button-down dress.
The audience, wrapped up in coats, suggesting a colder month, seem less than impressed.