The Norse settlers or Vikings came to Cumbria before 1000 AD and their language lives on in many place names along the Cumbrian coast. Seascale comes from the old Norse word Skali, meaning a hut or shelter. Long after the Norse people, the coastline-hugging railway bought holidaymakers to Seascale to enjoy the expansive and sandy beach.
Seascale is the closest village to the Sellafield, the previous nuclear power station and reprocessing site, which is now being decommissioned. This site started out life as a Royal Ordnance Factory in the Second World War as its position on the west coast of England meant it was far enough away from German bombers. After the war the site, then known as Windscale, produced weapons-grade plutonium and in 1956 became the site of a Magnox reactor. The name changed to Sellafield in the 1970s and the site continued to be developed and to be a major employer in the area.
This memorial bench to Kelly Day, who died a young woman, has a view of the sea and a beautiful sentiment to a ‘beloved niece’ who was ‘a diamond reflected in the sparkling sea’. I found this a lovely spot to sit and contemplate those words for a few moments, even on a damp and blustery autumn day.
Not far from the bench remembering Kelly Day is a sombre memorial to the twelve people who were killed by a lone gunman on 2 June 2010.
Donated in memory of our beloved niece Kelly Day 1978 – 1999 A diamond reflected in the sparkling sea