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Wednesday 14 October – In the footsteps of William Whitelaw

The George is an august (in fact the august) hotel and watering hole in the centre of Penrith. The staff there, drawn from many nationalities, are particularly competent and friendly, the venue still harks back to an elegant past. The phone book on the reception desk is not the most up to date – in the days before BT, it is dated January 1962:
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I turned the pages to W and there – for all to see – was William Whitelaw’s home phone number:

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Yesterday I went to Dacre, just outside Penrith, a charming village, with a well known inn, and a classically English church. In with all the other graves was one that stands out, not for it’s size or position – it is in there with everyone else – but for its inscription:

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On the way home I came across another souvenir, in – of all places – Southwaite Service Station on the M6. He certainly got to many places in his time.

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