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Last Updated: Wednesday March 02 2005 14:20 GMT

Millennium stone 'cursing' city

Cursing stone
A local council is to debate whether to remove a huge stone from the city because it is thought to be cursed.

The 'Cursing Stone' in Carlisle was made to mark the millennium, but it's being blamed for a string of bad luck that's met the city since.

Fires, floods, foot and mouth disease and even a famine of goals for Carlisle United have convinced locals that the stone has to be moved or destroyed.

Councillors are to discuss the fate of the stone on 8 March.

Costly move

It is estimated that it will cost the council several thousands of pounds to remove the stone.

Council leader Mike Mitchelson said: "The Council will need to look at whether the removal of the stone is a financial priority for the local area."

The 14-tonne stone is carved with a 1,069-word curse dating back to 1525.

The Archbishop of Glasgow first issued it against people called 'reivers' who used to cause havoc and steal cattle in the north of England from Scotland.

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