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CARLISLE IN CURSE ROW

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Carlisle City Council has been criticised by local residents for displaying ...
Carlisle City Council has been criticised by local residents for displaying

a stone in its Millennium gallery inscribed with a 16th century curse, BBC

Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

The 'Bishop's Stone' shows the curse put by an archbishop of Glasgow on the

gangs of thieves, known as the border reivers, of the Carlisle area.

A local vicar objects to the curse and has asked the present archbishop of

Glasgow to lift it, Today heard.

But Carlisle's executive member for community activities, Judith Pattinson, told the programme, 'There's no chance of us removing the writing from the exhibition'. She said the curse had featured in Carlisle's museum for the past 10 years and no harm had yet come to the city.

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