Review of 2011 - First six months

Barbara Alexander
Barbara Alexander
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The year 2011 has been a varied and interesting time for news and stories from around the district. The Visitor reported that thousands of patients’ medical records were being kept in a shambolic state at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, The Midland Hotel was bought by a Christian charity, and a public funeral was held at Morecambe’s Globe Arena.

Reporter Michelle Blade looks at the stories that hit the headlines from January to June.


A CARING charity volunteer died the day before receiving an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours. Barbara Alexander, 81, from Bolton-le-Sands, was responsible for setting up the Lancaster branch of the British Red Cross Society and the charity’s shop on Albert Road.

SADISTIC vandals were trying to maim and even kill horses by poisoning their feed and hurling rocks and pitchforks at them. Stones were being deliberately put in feed buckets, and potentially lethal piles of high protein feed dumped in the paddock of an equestrian centre in Overton.

A MORECAMBE couple’s holiday turned into a nightmare when they were caught in the crossfire of violent revolution in Tunisia. Joe Pyrah and wife Savannah were visiting Sousse, one of the country’s largest cities, when anti-government protests turned into violence.

A WOMAN died three years after being crippled by a vicious girl gang beating in Morecambe. Janet Ellis never recovered from the ordeal, but her attackers escaped jail for the horrendous attack in West End Gardens.