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Last Updated: Wednesday March 09 2005 19:35 GMT

Carlisle 'cursed' stone is saved

The Cursing Stone in Carlisle
A giant stone in Carlisle that is said to be cursed will stay in the city after the council voted to save it.

The stone was placed there to celebrate the millennium, and has a 1,069-word 16th Century curse carved into it.

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

Councillor Jim Tootle wanted the stone destroyed, but other city council members voted not to get rid of it.

Costly move

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

The council leader said they had listened to Mr Tootle's motion, but estimated it would cost several thousand pounds to destroy.

He said: "We live in a modern era. People in Carlisle are sound, rational people and don't continue to live in medieval times."

Many other areas of Britain suffered from both foot and mouth disease and flooding, he added.

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