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  1. Monday 25 July 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

We've now finished our updates for the day here but there will be further updates on BBC Radio Cumbria, online and on Look North this evening. 

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, weather forecast and travel reports.

If you have news, or a good picture of our beautiful county, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: More showers, some sunshine

A bit brighter through the afternoon than it was this morning, but there are still going to be showers as well as sunny spells, with the temperature reaching about 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are, here.

Tourism firms club together for Potter film

A number of Lake District tourism businesses have produced a short film to help them get maximum advantage from the 150th anniversary of the birth of the writer and farmer Beatrix Potter.

It'll be shown at trade shows and other events across the world, particularly in areas where the author is popular such as Japan.

Still from film
Lindeth Howe

You can see a short trail from the film here.

Travel: Delays continue as Windermere street is closed

BBC Travel

There are continuing delays around Windemere because High Street's closed in both directions while a collapsed sewer is repaired. United Utilities says it will take the rest of the week.

Road works are also causing delays in Spencer Street in Carlisle.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Areas chosen for Lynx reintroduction plan after Lake District ruled out

Northumberland and the Scottish Borders have been chosen as the preferred site for a project to reintroduce Eurasian lynx forest cats to the UK.

The animal has been extinct in Britain for 1,300 years, but the Lynx UK Trust believes it will help control deer populations and attract tourists.  

Several sites across the UK, including Ennerdale in the Lake District, were initially identified by the trust before being ruled out as unsuitable.  


How Swallows film could help boost county's economy

The landscape on show in the new film of Swallows and Amazons could help attract more producers to shoot in the county, it is claimed.

Still from film

Bobby Cochrane is a production liaison manager for Creative England, which supports film and TV productions in the English regions, including Cumbria.

He told BBC Radio Cumbria: "We're seeing a big increase now in international clients coming over looking at the beautiful Lake District, the coast, the rural areas, as a place to do business."

Hundreds of families given 'holiday' foodbank vouchers

More on the story we brought you earlier about food banks helping families because in school holidays their children miss out on free school meals.


The foodbank that covers Allerdale and Copeland says it's expecting to help an extra 322 families and in Barrow the team has been told of 180 families who will need support.

But Linda McDonald from the North Lakes Foodbank says these figures do not reflect the full picture, because many people are too proud to ask for help

She told BBC Cumbria : "I don't think we're seeing all the families that I think may be struggling."

Your photos: Derwentwater and Catbells

We're always keen to show off beautiful photos of Cumbria so thank you for this striking image taken by Christine Duff.

It shows Derwentwater and Catbells from Calf's Close Bay. 

Christine Duff

If you have any pictures you would like to share with us, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.   

Cyclist knocked unconscious in fall on Great Dun Fell

A cyclist was airlifted to hospital after he fell from his bike and suffered a head injury on Great Dun Fell.

The 22 year old was knocked unconcious in the fall on Saturday afternoon.

He was taken by the Great North Air Ambulance to hospital in Newcastle.

Cumbria's weather: Showers and sunny intervals

There are some heavy showers around in the Lake District at the moment but where the sun does come out it will feel pleasantly warm, with temperatures reaching 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

You can get the latest forecast for where you are here.

Big screen planned for Lakes Tour of Britain stage

Cycling fans following the Tour of Britain will be able to watch one of its most dramatic sections on a big screen in the centre of Ambleside.

The 1,500ft of ascent from the village to the summit of the Kirkstone Pass in September will be a King of the Mountains stage, and the screen will show the riders pounding up the narrow and winding road, and other parts of the day's stages.

The screen will be in the grounds of the University of Cumbria campus.

Cumbria leg of 2013 Tour of Britain
Getty Images

Football: Two signings for Barrow

BBC Sport

Barrow have signed former Chesterfield striker Byron Harrison and Stenhousemuir defender Euan Murray ahead of the new season.

Harrison, 29, joined the Spireites in January 2015, but spent part of last season on loan at Stevenage.

Murray, 22, made 32 appearances for Scottish League One Stenhousemuir last term, scoring twice.

He began his career at Motherwell and impressed Barrow boss Paul Cox during a trial at Holker Street.

Travel: Roadworks cause Carlisle congestion

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A69 Victoria Place eastbound in Carlisle between the Warwick Road junction and the Eastern Way junction, because of roadworks. Congestion to the A7 Spencer Street junction.

You can get the latest travel news here.

Solway coast path plan goes out for public comments

People will have the chance to give their view on the line of a footpath which will run 62 miles from Gretna to Allonby.

View across Solway
Natural England

If approved, the path, with its spectacular views across the Solway, will become part of a long-distance walking route right round the coast of England.

Natural England, the government agency drawing up the plan, says the Solway coast route includes some existing rights of way but also a number of new stretches.

Details can be seen here and comments must be in by 19 September.

Cumbrian broadcaster gives 'top notch' rating to Swallows film

The premiere of the film Swallows and Amazons, which was filmed in the Lake District, was held n Keswick on Sunday.

And it seems to have met some favourable reviews. Here's what Cumbrian broadcaster Eric Robson thinks:

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Still from Wallows and Amazons

Rider flown to hospital after crash

A motorcyclist is in hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a car on the A6 near Clifton on Sunday.

Air Ambulance
Great North Air Ambulance

The man - in his forties and from Lancashire - was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle in the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance.

How Swallows and Amazons production crew relished filming in Lake District

Actors and the production team were at the premiere of the latest film of Swallows and Amazons at the Theatre by the Lake at Keswick on Sunday.

Producer Nick Barton, director Philippa Lowthorpe and writer Andrea Gibb took the chance to go down to the shores of Derwentwater where much of the film was shot.  

Producer Nick Barton, director Philippa Lowthorpe and writer Andrea Gibb

Phillipa said: "I keep getting flashbacks of our recces and things when we were coming down here and having a coffee and going down to the jetty."

To be able to bring this iconic story to the Lake District and film it there has been the biggest thrill."

Phillip LowthorpeDirector, Swallows and Amazons

Concrete plant plan rouses Furness opposition

Plans for a plant near Ulverston that will make concrete will be discussed at a meeting this evening.

The construction company L&W Wilson says it wants the plant to load concrete mixing lorries so they have a shorter journey to Ulverston, where major new developments are planned.

But it has run into opposition from people living nearby who say Ore Mill Sidings is not a suitable site. One of their objections involves lorries pulling out onto the main A590, which they say will be dangerous.

Campaigners have organised a meeting at Lindal Hall, starting at 19:00.

Young stars tread red carpet for Lakes Swallows and Amazons premiere

The stars of the Swallows and Amazons film were in Keswick yesterday for the premiere.

Film makers arrived in the Lake District last summer to start making the film based on Arthur Ransome's children's book. 

At Sunday's premiere at the Theatre by the Lake, the youngsters who play the children in the adventure were the focus of attention.

Swallows and Amazons Teddie Malleson-Allen and Bobby McCColluch

Teddie Malleson-Allen, who plans Tatty, or Titty as older readers will remember her, and Bobby McCColluch, who plays Roger, (above) joined in the interview line, as did their older colleagues Orla Hill and Dane Hughes (below)

Orla Hill and Dane Hughes at Swallows and Amazons premier

The film goes on general release next month.

Watch: Red Arrows take a quick trip through Lakes

The RAF display team the Red Arrows had to go from Newcastle - where they had been based while they appeared at the Sunderland Airshow - to Ireland at the weekend. 

They took the scenic route and, as you do, filmed as they passed over the Lake District resulting in this stunning sequence.

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Cumbria's weather: Dry at first, showers later

This morning will be mostly dry apart from on the northern edge of the county, but cloud will move in with more showers or light rain later. Temperatures will rise to about 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for where you are, here.

County foodbanks put on extra help as families miss school meals

Cumbrian foodbanks say they've signed up families for extra help because free school meals stop during the long summer holidays.

Foodnak generic

The bank serving Allerdale and Copeland says 322 families have registered.

National research from the Trussell Trust suggests one in 10 parents will skip meals to leave more for their children.

Travel: Windermere high street closed for emergency repairs

BBC Travel

Windermere High Street is closed in both directions between the A591 junction and the High Street junction, because of emergency repairs.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping you up to date with the news, weather forecasts and travel reports through to about 16:00.

If you have news or pictures you think we should add to the mix, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Have a good day.