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THE STORIES BEHIND THE PHOTOS

In May 2016 we commissioned some banners to tell the story of the flood and the recovery to be displayed in Glenridding as a reminder of both the devastation caused by Storm Desmond as well as the resilience and spirit of the community in the immediate aftermath. Find out the stories behind each of the photos..

GLENRIDDING FLOOD BANNERS

Glenridding Beck in Full Flood - December 2015

The Facts

Photographer: Maddy Teasdale

Date: Sunday 6th December 2015, 10:52

Location: Glenridding car park below the TIC looking across Glenridding Beck to Eagle Lane

The Story

Along with everyone else Glenridding resident Maddy awoke with trepidation on Sunday morning and ventured out to witness the carnage in the village. This picture was taken just outside Fellbites looking across the car park and beck towards Eagle Lane.

Glenridding Beck Rages

Glenridding Village After the December Floods

The Facts

Photographer: Charlene Bell

Date: Sunday 6th December 2015, 13:16

Location: Glenridding Bridge by Sharmans and the Glenridding Hotel

The Story

Beyond Imagination Photography’s Charlene Bell, a resident of Patterdale, had waded into Glenridding to view the damage. The road was under 6 feet of water and only one man made it through in a vehicle that day - eighty something Eddie Pool, lifelong resident of the Dale and local hero. He turned up in his tractor to see what he could do to help. #Legend.

Eddie to the Rescue

Patterdale Storm Desmond Damage

The Facts

Photographer: Rob Shephard

Date: Sunday 6th December 2015, 09:36

Location: Main A592 outside Patterdale Hall Estate looking north towards Glenridding

The Story

The main road to Glenridding looked like a scene out of some B-rated disaster movie. Tarmac lifted and buckled by the force of the water - this is what Eddie drove over in his tractor, and thanks to the hard work of Jonathan from Patterdale Hall Estate and the team from Highways the road was back in action within 5 days - and no need for traffic lights to get the job done!

Earthquake at Patterdale Hall

St Patricks Boatyard Ullswater after Storm Desmond

The Facts

Photographer: Charlene Bell

Date: Sunday 6th December 2015, 13:04

Location: St Patrick’s Boatyard between Glenridding and Patterdale

The Story

Beyond Imagination Photography’s Charlene Bell took this photo on her way from Patterdale to Glenridding. Jared and the team at St Patricks are used to water, but this photo shows the devastation caused by the rising lake and the sludge and muck left in its wake. After much hard work St Patricks is now open for business so why not hire a boat, enjoy an ice cream and show your support.

St Patrick’s Floatyard

Heroes of Glenridding after Storm Desmond

The Facts

Photographer: Rob Shephard

Date: Monday 7th December 2015, 11:14

Location: Glenridding Bridge, Glenridding

The Story

On Monday morning, with the village effectively cut off in both directions, it was time for some local heroes to step into action. Cue some bridge clearance work from Danny, Jared, Liam, Carl and others, with help from Robert and Graham (the “headless two” on top of the bridge!). Hard and dangerous work, but by mid afternoon the underside of the bridge was clear. #Realmenatwork #localheroes.

Real Men at Work

Beckside Construction saving Glenridding December 2015

The Facts

Photographer: Luke Santilli

Date: Tuesday 15th December 2015

Location: Glenridding - looking up the beck towards the Village Hall (left) and Tourist Information Centre (right)

The Story

Professional Photographer Luke Santilli was commissioned by Friends of the Earth to take pictures of the damage caused by the floods and has become a firm friend of the Parish. Here he captured Beckside Construction at work. At the controls is Rob Butler, who along with his father Keith and father and son Robert and Patrick Morris-Eyton were true saviours of the village. They arrived on Monday 7th December in their diggers and haven’t left yet! #trueheroes

The Beckside Boys

Greening Glenridding March 2016

The Facts

Photographer: Luke Santilli

Date: Saturday 19th March 2016

Location: Glenridding Green

The Story

Professional Photographer Luke Santilli returned to the village in March 2016 to photograph the community led “Greening Glenridding” campaign - a weekend of planting and tidying to get the village looking its best for Easter.  You can see more of Luke’s photos from that weekend on his blog.

Greening Glenridding

Greening Glenridding March 2016

The Facts

Photographer: Rob Shephard

Date: Wednesday 20th January 2016

Location: Taken from the side of Place Fell looking west across Ullswater to Glenridding with Helvellyn and the snow capped Eastern Fells.

The Story

Even in the midst of the recovery Glenridding and Patterdale were open for business. It’s been a tough time, but the best way to help the community to recover is to support the many local businesses in the area by coming to stay, visit and shop.

Find out more about helping us to recover from the floods.

Support Our Local Businesses

#1-Glenridding-Beck #2-Eddie-to-the-rescue #3-Patterdale-Earthquake #4-StPatricks-Boatyard #5-real-men #6-beckside-Boys #7-Greening-Glenridding` #8-Support

Glenridding Beck Rages

Eddie to the Rescue

Patterdale Earthquake

St Patricks Floatyard

Real Men At Work

The Beckside Boys

Greening Glenridding

Help us Recover