A.G.M. and Tales of Tebay
By Jackie Huck
the Societies AGM where the chairman, secretary, treasurer,
web-master and events organiser gave their reports and were re-elected
by the members. Reg Capstick went on to tell us more tales of Tebay and
Tebay people who over the years who
have had a connection with Tebay.
At the time of the coming of the railway, the two main men were Joseph
Locke, Railway Engineer, who plotted the track of the railway and in
ability, was on a par with George Stevenson, and Thomas Brassey who was
a Railway Builder. Thomas was behind the construction of 2 out of every
3 miles of track that was laid throughout the country, and also in many
other parts of the world. He was an excellent planner, estimator of
costs, and could manage the workforce, who were mainly Irish
navvies. Both men must have visited Tebay, during those days,
changing the face and history of the village.
spoke of two historical Tebay characters, Dr. William Farrar, magician
and wiseman, and of Mary Baines the Tebay Witch,(See our article in
Legends) who famously predicted that horseless carriages
would come over Loupsfell.
recalled his father who was a keen footballer, and members of Tebay
United Club over the years. The name was changed to Lunesdale United,
when men came to play from a wider area. There was also a good cricket
team, and the Policeman Brian Walker was a player also a past Vicar,
that certain family names were closely associated with the Tebay and
Orton areas, some of these families still living here; Atkinsons,
Becks, Burrows, Bousefields, Cowperthwaites, Brunskills, Hogsons, were
just some of the well known families.
recalled various well-known Tebay characters that many of the audience
remembered, including May Nelson, who was a member of the Concert Party
‘The Tebay Follies’. May worked with the District Nurses, and laid out
bodies for the undertaker. She also was the local correspondent for the
local newspapers for many years and was both an excellent singer and
comedian, and Reg said, one of the kindest people he‘d ever known.
of villagers were remembered for their nicknames, including
Fishy Joe, Snuffy Bracken and Jimmy Flash. He also recalled The Royal
Observer Corp. who carried on their work for many years after the war,
and through the ‘Cold War’. A number of locals were members including
Reg’s father, Billy Butler, Bobby Huck and Les Thackery. He said that
over the years Tebay had produced people who were memorable and
notorious, but mainly a host of general ‘good folk’.
thanked for a fascinating talk by Bernard, and the meeting finished