The Appleby Attractions committee in 1894 wanted to set up swimming (in the river) and golf clubs in the town. They obviously thought there was a lack of things to do. But on the very same page was an article extolling the lack of attractions: “ There is nothing to allure you and distract you but the river and country scenes. The whole county of Westmorland does not possess a single large town. You can’t get society in a modern sense, if you wish it. But you can hob-nob with the stable boys, the farmers and the rural postmen and policemen and you will find them kind and human”.