THE BOROUGH of Copeland is to be celebrated in an exhibition at The Beacon Museum.

The event, which runs from March 10 – 26, looks back at Copeland council’s 49 years, and marks the transition to Cumberland Council on April 1.

Celebrating Copeland includes video interviews with staff, leaders and councillors, and has memorabilia, photographs and other artefacts.

Copeland Mayor, Mike Starkie, said: “As we approach a new era in local government, we thought it right to reflect upon all the achievements and challenges of the last half century.

“This exhibition celebrates Copeland’s staff and councillors, and the fantastic communities of our borough.”

On April 1, Cumbria’s six district councils and the county council will be dissolved. Two unitary authorities will be formed. The area formerly covered by Copeland will join Allerdale and Carlisle to become Cumberland Council. Eden, Barrow and South Lakes will become Westmorland and Furness Council.

All council services, including those of Cumbria County Council, will then be delivered by Cumberland Council.

Celebrating Copeland runs in the Light Gallery of the museum, and is included with the normal ticket price.