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Bid to keep Wainwright works in Cumbria

Posted 29 January 2010
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Bid to keep Wainwright works in Cumbria
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Cumbria County Council is seeking to bid for lottery funding that would enable it to keep the works of fellwalker Alfred Wainwright in the county.

The body is seeking a grant of £200,000 and with the authority needing to demonstrate strong public support, people wanting to back the bid have been asked to write to Peter Eyre at the County Records Office in Kendal, Grough Reports.

A successful move could help retain photographs, slides, correspondence and drawings for future reference.

The works of Alfred Wainwright are believed to have inspired many to climb the fells and those wishing to do so now may wish to buy some hiking equipment.

Plans to pay tribute to Wainwright have included the idea of erecting a statue in his honour in Kendal, although this has met with objections from some of his family and friends, who said he would have hated the idea.

The author's favourite fell was Haystacks, where his ashes are scattered.

Posted by Elaine Arthur