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Britain’s First Black Policeman John Kent

Research carried out by former Cumbria Police Officer Ray Greenhow has identified that Britain’s first black police officer served his first period of duty between 1835 & 1837 in Maryport. That officer, John Kent, was the son of a freed slave from west Africa who worked for the Senhouse family in the Carlisle area in the 1770’s. It takes little to imagine the difficulties he must have faced at that time, in terms of tolerance & respect for racial diversity.

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Ned Smith Heritage Plaque

The Council has commissioned a heritage plaque in recognition of Maryport resident & Victoria Cross winner Ned Smith. Edward Benn (Ned) Smith, VC, DCM, was born in Maryport on 10 November 1898 & won the Victoria Cross during the ‘Hundred Days Offensive’ of World War 1.

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Cumbria In Bloom

The Maryporters Group oversaw Maryport’s entry in Cumbria in Bloom 2019, working in association with the Town Council & Toni Magean of Allerdale Borough Council.

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Maryport in Bloom

The Maryporters Group organised arrangements for Maryport’s Cumbria in Bloom Entry in 2019, & Debbie Wright of Her Citi & her colleagues, ably guided by Allerdale Borough Council’s Toni Magean, deserve great credit for their contributions.

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