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Did you know that Her Majestys Theatre in Carlisle was the first Theatre ever to be lit by Electricity in 1880

Did you know that the 1st mainland pillar box went up on Botchergate in Carlisle in 1853.

Did you know that the M6 Motorway Rugby to Carlisle is the longest motorway in Britain at just over 226 miles

Did you know that Carlisle could claim to be the most cosmopolitan city in Britain – in terms of rulers? It was founded as Luguvalium by the Romans; when they left in the early 5th century the Picts took it over; the Vikings were next on the list; and the Scots displaced them. The Normans added Carlisle to their territory after the Conquest; the Scots retook it in the 12th century; and the English got it back later. It even fell to Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

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Helen Skelton
Jancis Robinson
Melvyn Bragg
Mike Figgis

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For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. - Walter Scott
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On this day:
The Pilgrim Fathers arrive at Massachusetts - 1620, The Rochdale Pioneers open shop - 1844, Westhoughton Pit Disaster - 1910, Lockerbie Air Disaster - 1988
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