LETTER: Slaying of the wild boar

With regards to the letter, ‘Richard slew the wild boar’, (Letters, May 1), sources indicate that Sir Richard De Gilpin slew the wild boar during the reign of King John (1199-1216).

Readers may be interested to know that, two years ago in Kendal, Westmorland Orchestra commissioned and gave the first public performance of ‘A Fantasy Overture: Richard de Gilpin’ by Carlisle-born Ivor Hodgson, Double Bass player with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which dramatically portrays the event.

It was described in review as ‘a winner for both players and audience.’

In recognition of his bravery the Baron Kendal granted Sir Richard 4,000 acres of land between Staveley and Kentmere, where many of his descendants still live.

Westmorland Orchestra’s final concert of the season will be on Sunday, May 17 at the Kendal Leisure Centre.

Jonathon Somervell

Crook

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