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Having to move from place to place, it would have been easier to carry the barrels upon the guisers' heads, rather than rolling them.
There have been claims that it is a pagan festival, however, these claims are unfounded.
One of its principal subsidiaries however is still known as Cumbrian Newspapers Ltd.
For the Canadian corporate group, see Canadian National. The company was formerly known as the Cumbrian Newspapers Group Ltd but changed its name to reflect the fact that is no longer primarily a newspaper publisher.
The last mines in the area closed in 1894 (although an attempt was made to re-open the mine at Allenheads in the 1970s).
With the closure of the lead mines, the population rapidly declined and Allendale became a popular tourist destination for Edwardian Tynesiders seeking a country escape.
The town's New Year celebrations involve lighted tar barrels that are carried on the heads of revellers called guisers. It appears to have originated from the lighting of a silver band that were carolling at New Year.
The significant growth of Allendale Town and the surrounding villages was fuelled by that of the local lead-mining and smelting industries in the nineteenth century.CN Group publishes daily and weekly newspapers and magazines for Cumbria, Northumberland, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.(AONB) – the second largest of the 40 AONBs in England and Wales.In October 2017 it was announced that both The Bay and Lakeland Radio were sold to the UK media company Global.