Nelson tragedy remembered in tell-all book

The book's author, Ray Greenhow.
The book's author, Ray Greenhow.
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A book chronicling one of the most chilling and tragic events in Nelson's history is set to be released at the 'Words by the Water' literature festival on Monday, March 6th at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick

Written by author Ray Greenhow, the book - titled The Derwentwater Disaster - tells the story of five Nelson girls who suffered a fatal boating accident on a trip to the Lake District.

Enjoying a weekend getaway from their homes in Nelson, the five girls' boat tragically sank on August 12th in 1898 after a sudden storm came over.

"They were all laid in a single grave in Nelson cemetery and a collection was held to fund a memorial stone," said Ray. "This was erected on 20th May 1899 and stands 19 feet high and is still the largest headstone in the cemetery."

The book is published by Bookcase and is on sale for £10. The publication date is 6th March, 2017 with copies available from bookshops and by post from Bookcase on Castle Street in Carlisle. To find out more details, call 01228 544 560 or email bookcasecarlisle@aol.com.