I WAS THERE!
I did manage to visit Carlisle in 1986 – albeit at the ripe old age of four months – but it was another 18 years before I moved in to the city for my three-year stint spent studying journalism at Cumbria Institute of the Arts, including contributing to the student newspaper The Informer. Other graduates at the time included Helen Skelton, who, among many other things, went on to present Blue Peter. During my studies, I opted for two wheels rather than four, cutting through the city centre rush-hour traffic on a Vespa PX125 scooter, but many of my fellow students drove to their lectures and tutorials in cars that are now fast approaching classicdom. On the (many) occasions when the Vespa wasn’t working, I’d cadge lifts in one friend’s Ford Escort MkIII, my flatmate’s Nissan Bluebird and – when Washington’s finest finally gave up the ghost – a SEAT Ibiza MkI that he brought in to replace it. I wonder if the famously System-Porsche-branded little hatchback is still on the road?
David Simister made his newsprint debut with Carlisle’s The Informer.