One of the well loved characters from Whitehaven's Roper Street's former 'stars' was wooden clog maker Lancelot Brew, who even got a 'name check' in the one hit wonder, Clogdance by local rockers, Violinski.(in 1979)
The late Mr Brew could be seen in his front window hammering away at the skilled craft of clog making.
musician John Marcangelo was born and bred in the town of Whitehaven,
For hundreds of years, workers in the North had walked to their demanding
and at times dangerous jobs in wooden soled shoes with leather uppers
called clogs. It was no different in Whitehaven and everyday, the clatter
of clogs could be heard as coal miners made their way to the pits. The
rich gentry of one part of town, Corckickle, even had wooden pavements
laid to reduce the noise from the miners' clogs as they trapped past to
"As a kid I used to pass by Brew's clogger's shop, watching Mr Brew
hammering away at his last, making and repairing clogs, and after a while
it just gave me the idea for the 'Clog Dance' piece."