May, 2017

Wish you were here – vintage railway posters that are just the ticket

A vintage poster of Grange over Sands lido found in an attic is expected to make up to £400 at auction on Monday 15 May.

Attributed to the well-known poster artist Frank Sherwin, it is believed to have been commissioned by British Railways in 1949 to promote railway journeys to the popular Edwardian resort.

Also included in the sale are three posters promoting other English and Welsh resorts by Harry Riley, valued between £500 and £800 as a collection.

Valuer David Hunter, from 1818 Auctioneers, said:
“These posters are evocative of a bygone era when holidays involved train travel to a British seaside resorts. They are bright, joyful and idyllic depictions of UK holiday destinations which have come to define Post-War British leisure and travel. And they are highly collectable, some make thousands of pounds.”

The posters are being sold on Monday 15 May as part of 1818 Auctioneers and Valuers Weekly Antique, Vintage, Collectables and Clearance Auction Sale. The sale starts at 10am with viewing from 8.30am on the day and also on Friday 12 May 2-4pm, Saturday 13 May 10am-1pm.

For more information visit the upcoming auctions page of at

For further information please contact David Hunter, Auctioneer & Valuer e:
t: 015395 66205

Family and running community to remember man who recorded nine years of the 10 in 10 marathon challenge, Lake District

FIFTY friends and family will run the ASICS Windermere Marathon on Sunday (21 May) in memory of a much-loved man who spent the last nine years recording the event.

Grasmere’s Martin Campbell, who died last year, also photographed and videoed Brathay Trust’s 10 marathons in 10 days challenge; the last marathon is the Windermere Marathon. Both events raise funds for the charity’s work with disadvantaged youngsters of which Mr Campbell was a huge supporter.

Martin’s wife Cecilia, who is organising the team run, said:

“Martin loved working with the runners at Brathay. I thought it would be wonderful if we – he – could continue to help raise money for the charity’s great work. ‘Team Camera Dude’ is a chance for us to get together to remember him including his sons Matt, Josh and Luke who are running.”

Close friend and Brathay Operations Manager Alyson Knowles, explained Martin’s links to the charity, she said:

“Martin, first worked with Brathay in 2008 as photographer for the Brathay Windermere Marathon.
He quickly became an integral part of the support team, and began filming the Brathay 10in10 in 2009. The daily films Martin produced between then and 2016 really captured the essence of ordinary people completing an extraordinary running challenge. Martin would film from dawn until dusk around the course. He would then edit the footage overnight so that the clips were available in the morning for friends, family and the wider running community to see.

“We also remember Martin, or ‘Camera Dude’ as he was lovingly called, for much, much more. His infectious enthusiasm, energy and empathy was shared with everyone he came into contact with. Many of those running on Sunday as part of ‘Team Camera Dude’ will be past 10in10ers. They will never forget the unique part he played in their daily challenge. Friends and family, including some who have never tackled a marathon before, are also part of the team taking up the challenge in his memory.

“Martin quickly came to understand Brathay’s unique approach to helping disadvantaged young people and the benefit of our projects in deprived communities. He shared our values of inspiring and supporting young people. It is a fitting tribute to him that that the monies raised in his name will fund a special youth project and that he will continue to change lives for the good.

“The event this year will be emotional for many of us who remember the vital role he played over the years” added Aly Knowles. “It’s a fitting way to remember Martin, we only wish he was here to film it.”

Over 70% of a £10,000 target has already been raised. Anyone interested in making a donation can visit the JustGiving page at: