IN THIS week - 100, 50 and 25 years ago:

100 YEARS AGO - 1920

WAR arrears in the work of the Post Office are being rapidly overtaken. On August 18, 1917, an affectionate sister addressed a picture postcard from a holiday resort near Liverpool to relatives in Kendal. The postage on such a missive at that time was a halfpenny. The card was delivered in Kendal last week - after a lapse of nearly two and a half years with a demand for an extra penny as surcharge. If the penny had been taken for storage the joke might have been appreciated.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

A FILM crew from the BBC have been in the Lake District this week collecting material for a children’s programme called Play School. The aim of the programme is to show children aged between three and five years the role that animals play in the life of the area, such as the sheepdog and the horse.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

THE worst floods for over a decade hit homes and brought chaos to roads in south Cumbria and north Lancashire. The National Rivers Authority said some places had never seen floods like it in 50 years. In Appleby alone, 70-80 homes were flooded. Homes at Burneside, Troutbeck and Hawkshead were also flooded.