Stobart Group’s pledge to Aviation Museum at Carlisle Airport

Solway Aviation Museum has been told it has a future at Carlisle Airport, even if plans to redevelop the Crosby-on-Eden airfield go ahead.

The museum has been there since 1961 but was worried it might be forced out if Stobart Group gets planning consent for a 394,000sq ft freight-distribution centre.

Those fears were heightened by an approach from Stobart to sign a new five-year lease, which has a clause allowing the company to evict the museum at six months’ notice  … More

Cumbrian war hero honoured with Lancaster bomber flypast

A Cumbrian World War Two hero was honoured with a personal flypast by a Lancaster bomber to celebrate his 89th birthday.

Harry Dobinson, of Monks Close, Penrith, survived 30 missions as a rear gunner on the planes – a job where 56 out of every 100 airmen were killed. He was saluted by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Carlisle Airport on Saturday.

He was due to be taken on a tour of the plane by Squadron Leader Al Pinner MBE, but poor weather forced it to return to base in Blackpool. Nonetheless, he said, just seeing it brought back memories … More