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  1. Monday 10 April 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


It's been a right royal day for parts of Cumbria, with Prince Charles visiting the BAE shipyard , and later the Rosehill Theatre and the centre of Whitehaven .

On a sadder note, tributes were paid to councillor and former police officer Ray Cole , who died at the weekend.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, the second day of the visit by Prince Charles. We will of course be posting the rest of the news, weather forecasts, and other things Cumbrian.

As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can  email ustweet us   or get in touch  through our Facebook page .  

Have a very good evening.

To end a day of variety, Prince visits trainer factory

Martin Lewes


This was the final stop of the day for the Prince of Wales on the first day of his Cumbrian visit.

Prince Charles met staff at the Flimby factory where the footwear company New Balance has been turning out trainers for 35 years.  

Prince in trainer factory

So a big picture of Cumbria - from nuclear submarines, to Ennerdale's new village hub and shop, a renovated theatre, a centre to help homeless young people, to a factory producing high quality footwear, the day will have covered most of the Prince's interests.

Tomorrow, he'll be in Appleby to hear how the town is recovering from the floods of Storm Desmond.

Cumbria's weather: Scattered showers dying out

BBC Weather

Scattered showers dying out this evening as cloud increases from the north west. 

A little patchy light rain is possible at first tonight, with gentle westerly winds and a low of 6C (43F). 

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

Prince hankers after hampers on Cumbrian visit

When Prince Charles arrived at the Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven at about lunchtime, his tour included the kitchens.

From the words overheard by BBC Look North reporter Megan Paterson, he was getting hungry...

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He also unveiled a plaque to mark the Rosehill's impending reopening after a major renovation

Prince with plaque

Tory leader pays tribute to former councillor

The leader of the Conservative group on Cumbria County Council has described Ray Cole, a former Tory county councillor and chairman of the police authority who has just died , as a "kind and honest man".

James Airey
Conservative Party

Councillor James Airey (pictured) said: "Ray brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the group from his time with the police force."

Prince signs book to mark theatre visit

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

The Prince of Wales has carried out a series of visits across Cumbria today.

Among them was a tour of the Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven where he signed the visitors book (pictured below with the director of the theatre, Richard Elder).

Prince signing visitors' book

He then went to Whitehaven where he he was given a warm welcome at the Whitehaven Foyer, a centre for helping young people with housing issues.

Prince of Wales in Whitehave Foyer

The foyer is part of a national federation set up in 1992 to help people between the ages of 16 and 25 with opportunities for personal development, learning and training. 

Borders Railway

The possibility of extending the track between Edinburgh and Tweedbank to Carlisle is to be assessed.

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Chief Constable pays tribute to former chairman

The Chief Constable of Cumbria, Jerry Graham, has paid tribute to Councillor Ray Cole, former chairman of the Cumbria Police Authority, who died at the weekend.

Jerry Graham
Cumbria Police

Ray Cole was also a former police officer, joining the Lancashire Constabulary in 1964 as a traffic policeman in Ulverston, and retiring as Millom Inspector from what was by then Cumbria Constabulary in 1996.

Mr Graham said: “All those who had the privilege of working alongside Ray and who received his wise counsel will remember him fondly as a man of great integrity and a true gentleman. 

“He was a great supporter and friend to Cumbria Constabulary. Our thoughts go out to his wife and family at this difficult time.”

Prince and Admiral: Charles meets the men and women who build his fleet

The Prince of Wales, whose ranks include Admiral of the Fleet, has been shown around the huge Devonshire Dock construction halls at BAE in Barrow where the submarines of the Royal Navy are built.

Prince of Wales in submarine construction hall
BAE Systems
Prince meets BAE workers
BAE Systems
Prince meets BAE workers
BAE Systems

He was very interested, very engaged, loved talking to people and they were equally forthcoming in talking to him, we thoroughly enjoyed it and are delighted that he managed to find the time to come and see us."

Tony Johns Managing Director, BAE System Submarines

Tributes paid as former police chairman and long-serving councillor dies

Colleagues have been paying tribute after the death of Ray Cole from Millom, who served his community as a councillor at town, district and county level, and was chairman of the former police authority for the county.

Ray Cole
Millom Town Council

Mr Cole, a retired police inspector, died at the weekend.

Peter McCall, the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "As the former distinguished Chair of Cumbria Police Authority and an exceptional police officer, as well as his councillor roles, Ray was a dedicated public servant."

The Mayor of Millom, Councillor Doug Wilson, a close friend, said: "He was a great source of guidance and inspiration. He was the sort of person you would aspire to be."

Three hundred miles from Westminster, Cumbria's police stand in silence

Cumbria's police have joined their colleagues across the country in pausing to mark the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who died in last month's terrorist attack in London.

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Prince in the spotlight during Whitehaven theatre visit

The Prince of Wales is in Cumbria and has visited Whitehaven's Rosehill Theatre, which is about to reopen after a lengthy refurbishment.

Charles with schoolchildren

Earlier the prince began his two-day visit at the shipyard in Barrow where, in his role as Admiral of the Fleet, he was told about the delivery of the Astute and Dreadnought class submarine programmes. 

Tony Johns, the managing director at BAE Systems Submarines, said he was a joy to show round.

Overnight closures planned for road resurfacing

Cumbria highways engineers say Northside Road, which carries the A596 through Workington, will be resurfaced after Easter over 10 nights.

Northside Road

They say this will involve closing the road from 19:00 to 06:00 each night from 18 April.

From 2 May, the road will be closed at Calva roundabout and Hall Brow for three nights. Local access will be maintained and there will be signed diversions.

Fire crews spend 16 hours at barn fire

Six fire engines and a ladder platform were called out to fight a fire in a farm building near Aglionby at the weekend.

The crews were damping the fire down until nearly midnight on Saturday having been called just after 03:00.

Cumbrian crews responded to 34 other incidents over the weekend, including car fires, grass fires and chimney fires.

Weather: Cloudier and breezy

BBC Weather

It'll become cloudier this afternoon with a scattering of showers, a breeze and temperatures of 13C (55F).

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

Dancing teenager steps up to £33,000 fundraising challenge

A teenager from Kendal's trying to raise more than £33,000 so she can go to a sixth form that specialises in dance.

Sasha Feeney Johnson
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Sasha Johnson has been offered a place at Tring Park , which is unique in offering normal A Levels as well as a dance qualification. But has been unable to get a grant or a scholarship to pay for three years' boarding school.

Sasha's performed with the Ludus Dance company at Edinburgh Festival and national dance festivals and has been a member of the Northern Associates Cecchetti ballet since she was nine.

Prince Charles starts Cumbria visit at shipyard

The Prince of Wales has begun a two-day visit to Cumbria at the BAE shipyard in Barrow where, in his role as Admiral of the Fleet, he was shown progress on the Astute and Dreadnought class submarines programme.

Prince Charles arriving at shipyard.
BAE Systems

His next stop will be Ennerdale where he'll speak to people running a new purpose-built community centre, which houses a village hall, cafe and shop.

Penrith youngsters targeted by anti-drugs campaign

Police have begun a campaign to deter young people in Penrith from trying illegal drugs. 

They say the town doesn't have a bad problem, but they want to point out the long-term effects a conviction can have on people's lives.

Convictions can affect career chances even after it's normally "spent" because of the passage of time, and it can also prevent travel to countries such as Australia or the USA.    

BBC Radio Cumbria talked to teenagers at a local college to gather their views.

Drug dangers not worth the risk, police tell Penrith youngsters

Theatre to be centre-stage for Prince Charles visit

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

As we told you earlier, Prince Charles is in the county today. One of the venues on his itinerary is the Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven, which is about to reopen after a major refurbishment.

Rosehill theatre

The director, Richard Elder, says Prince Charles will find a theatre working hard to stand on its own two feet.

"Part of the purpose of the redevelopment of Rosehill was to generate more income because public subsidy gets more and more difficult to get and more and more of us are chasing philanthropic income," he adds.

Power cut blacks out 166 properties in Penrith area

Electricity North West says engineers hope to restore supplies to around 166 homes and businesses in the CA10 postcode area, to the south of Penrith, by noon.

Weather on the fell tops: Good visibility between showers

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 0C 

Winds: Strong northwesterly gusting 35mph easing moderate to fresh 

Cloud: Patches down to 2,300ft in any showers 

Visibility: Very good 

Freezing level: Around 3,000ft rising to above the summits late morning

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J38 for A685 and J37 for A684.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J38, A685 (Tebay) and J37, A684 (Kendal), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Village post office team set to deliver more than mail services

Another rural business in Cumbria is trying to expand its way into sustainability - the people running the village shop and post office in Natland, near Kendal, want to open a tea room.  

Natland Post Office

The Post Office is also behind the project to ensure that not only is the post office here sustainable, but also the tea room is sustainable and hopefully will be here for 100 years to come."

James McCall-HarknessSub-postmaster

Lorraine Smythe, the director of the rural charity Action with Communities in Cumbria, says: "The issue really is to work with the community and identify what they want, diversification is always part of the issue."

Carlisle boss Curle: I share the blame for last-minute loss

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle manager Keith Curle says he deserves a share of the blame for United throwing away a late lead to lose against Notts County at the weekend. 

Curle was criticised for taking off striker Jamie Proctor in the 80th minute when his side were leading one-nil.

He agreed that the decision invited pressure, which led to the visitors scoring twice in the final five minutes .

Keith Curle
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Weather: A bright start, then the chance of a shower

BBC Weather

It's a bright start, but cloud will bubble up during the morning bringing the risk of a scattering of showers. Some may be on the heavy side in the east this afternoon.

Feeling much cooler than yesterday, there'll be a northwesterly breeze and a maximum temperature of 13C (55F). 

Weather graphic

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

Prince of Wales begins two-day visit to county

Prince Charles is visiting Cumbria today and tomorrow. 

Clarence House says it's rare for the Prince to make a two-day visit, but he's known to enjoy being in the county having visited every year but one since 1999. 

Prince of Wales under umbrella
Chris Jackson/Getty Images

This time he will see various community projects, a new homeless hostel in Whitehaven and the New Balance factory in Flimby. 

He'll also tour Whitehaven's Rosehill Theatre, which will re-open next month following a major refurbishment.

We'll have all the details for you later so stay tuned.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning. We'll be posting the news and weather, and in particular keeping up with a swing through the county by the Prince of Wales, until about 18:00.

As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can  email ustweet us  or get in touch  through our Facebook page .