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Summary

  1. Thursday 13 April 2017
  2. Cumbria's out-of-ours medics 'outstanding'
  3. Debate over Lake District 'adrenaline activities'
  4. Hospital campaigners say it with flowers

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We've now finished posting the news for Cumbria for today and this week. Here's a reminder:

We're taking a break now until Tuesday 18 April. Have a very good Easter weekend, go easy on the chocolate, and if you have news you think we should know or pictures you'd like to share you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.   

Charlie and ferret complete Hadrian's Wall fundraising walk

Charlie Hammerton and his pet ferret Bandit have reached the finish line after a 84-mile (135km) walk along Hadrian's Wall.

The 22-year-old is raising funds to fight motor neurone disease, which killed his mother.

He said: "It is a relief, I've met some amazing people. I wanted to do the walk as a grieving process. People have been coming out of their houses and stopping us and donating."

Charlie, from Ipswich, and Bandit have managed to complete the hike from Newcastle to Bowness in three days despite Charlie suffering foot pain and having to walk for four miles without walking boots.

Charlie and Bandit
Charlie Hammerton

Mr Hammerton is raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, where his mother died, and the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association. He originally wished to raise £600, but the final total will be above £3,000.

There is no cure for MND, which attacks the nerves that control movement, leaving people unable to move, talk and, eventually, breathe.   

Weather: Mostly cloudy, some rain

BBC Weather

It will be mostly cloudy overnight with further outbreaks of rain at times. However, many areas will be dry and there may be a few clear spells.

Temperatures will fall to about 6C (43F).

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

Star drops in as pub reopens

The Crown Inn at Pooley Bridge was showing off the results of a lengthy refurbishment today, with an official opening for a new terrace and 17 new bedrooms.

A certain Mr Vegas, comedian, was just passing as he's filming in the area!

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Final chance to register for county council vote

Any elector who needs to register to vote in the county council elections  on May 4 must do so by midnight tonight.

Anyone who's moved since they last registered to vote, or has recently moved to the county, may not be on the list.

As well as registering online, electoral registration officers can be contacted as follows:

You can find lists of candidates here.

Film of the 'Biddies' motoring marathon goes on stream

A film made of a charity trip by two women from Ulverston to Beijing in 30 days has been released to the general public.

The biddies in their car
Cumbria TV

The "Beijing Biddies", Edwina Sorkin, then 69, and Kate Sleath, then 64, drove across some of the world's most difficult roads to raise money for cancer charities.

The feature-length film was made by director Gary Robinson and camerman Andy Gardner, who also drove the 8,000-mile journey across nine countries.

The film is available on Vimeo from 19:00 this evening and its hoped to show it on the big screen around Cumbria.

Anne shuts microphone for final time (we think)

One of BBC Radio Cumbria's best-known and longest-serving presenters is hanging up her headphones this weekend - after retiring for the first time more than 18 years ago.

Anne Hopper
BBC

Anne Hopper has most recently been heard presenting her programme of music and nostalgia on Saturday evenings. 

But since 1988 she's been involved in a wide variety of programmes from the studio in Barrow. 

She retired for the first time just before 2000, but was called back to provide an information service when a foot and mouth epidemic swept the county's farms and kept working until now.

Canadian artist first in draw for comic arts festival

Martin Lewes

Reporter

The Canadian graphic artist Michael Cho has produced the main artwork for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal this autumn.

Artwork of woman with Kendal in background
Michael Cho/LICAF

The festival, the fifth so far, is the largest of its kind in the UK and brings together dozens of artists and graphic novelists from all over the world as well as thousands of their followers.

International guests include Sergio Aragones, Aimée de Jongh, Rick Stromoski, Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki and Chip Zdarsky. 

There are also top artists from the UK and Ireland at the event, which takes over much of the town centre from 13 to 15 October.

Engineers work through Easter to replace rail tracks

Engineering work will be taking place on Cumbria's main railway line over the Easter weekend. 

Network Rail workers
PA

Network Rail says the replacement of track on the West Coast Main Line is one of 200 improvements it is carrying out across Britain

The company's advising passengers to check in advance with their rail company, or online on its own website. It adds buses will be provided.

Weather: Cloudier with light rain

BBC Weather

It will continue to turn cloudier with sporadic outbreaks of light rain, mainly over the hills.

It will be breezy and cool, but in any brightness it should feel pleasantly warm. Maximum temperature will be 10C (50F)

Weather graphic
BBC

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

Cumbrian four plan 500-mile bike ride for county charity

Four cyclists are planning to cycle around the Scottish Highlands to raise money for the Cumbria Community Foundation.

Andy Beeforth, who's chief executive of the foundation, will be joined by Richard Lancaster from a Penrith bank, and businessmen Simon Peet and Steve Aynsley.

Cyclists
CCF

The route, which they aim to complete in six days, runs from Inverness to the Kyle of Localsh in the south west, up to the northern coast of Scotland and round to John O'Groats, and then back to Inverness.

The four are hoping to raise £20,000 for the foundation.

County's teams chase promotion to the end of season

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United still occupy the final League 2 play-off place going into the Easter weekend fixtures, two points clear of the chasing teams. 

Manager Keith Curle says the players just need to keep things simple to gain promotion: 

Keith Curle
BBC

Promotion is the aim of every footballer at the beginning of the season and it's within touching distance."

Keith Curle

At the other end of the county, Barrow are three points out of the play-offs, in eighth place in the National League.

Carlisle travel to Hartlepool tomorrow, while Barrow travel to Bromley. There's coverage of both matches on BBC Radio Cumbria.

Quakers take to road in welfare cuts protest

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

A pilgrimage by Quakers across South Cumbria to raise concerns about cuts to the welfare state will reach its destination in Barrow today.

About 50 people have taken part in the 60-mile walk, which started in Sedbergh and visited places where Quakerism was founded. 

Quakers
BBC

The group of three who've done the whole walk say the country has a moral responsibility to uphold the welfare system in order to protect the most vulnerable in society.

Sally Ingham (pictured left) says: "I've been a teacher for 30 years and for the first time I'm dealing with problems caused by poverty, like parents needing a signature so they can go to the foodbank."

Cumbria's out-of-hours doctors rated 'oustanding'

Cumbria's out-of-hours doctor service, ChoC, is the first in the country to be rated outstanding by inspectors. 

The service employs local nurses and family doctors to provide advice over the telephone and home visits where necessary. 

ChoC Car
ChoC

The Care Quality Commission praised the way ChoC worked closely with the North West Ambulance Service to avoid unneccessary hospital admissions. 

And the report says the service uses a "telehealth" system, which reduced the time patients in rural areas had to wait from more than two hours to 34 minutes.

The provider was highly responsive to the the needs of the predominantly rural population."

CQC report

Search starts in Lake District for new housing sites

Planners in the Lake District have appealed for local people to tell them of sites where new homes could be built.

Keswick new homes
LDNPA

An increasing number of houses like these in Keswick's Sheep Dog Field have been built since new planning guidelines came into force in 2010.

Steve Ratcliffe, the Lake District National Park's director of sustainable development, says hundreds of homes sold or rented at a discount from market rates and reserved for local people have been given permission since then.

He said: “This offers real potential to influence growth in local and affordable homes at a time when the average house price in the Lake District is over £322,000 and the lower end of income levels is around £18,700."

Weather on the fell tops: Cloudy and feeling cold

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 0C in the morning rising to 3C. 

Winds: Strong westerly, gusts 35mph. Feeling cold in the wind. 

Cloud: Periods of fog above 2,600ft, with patches down to 1,950ft on western fells. 

Visibility: Good below the cloud sheet although rather hazy. Occasionally poor in any summit snow. 

Freezing level: 2,600ft in the morning, rising above all summits. 

Hospital campaigners make meadow of flowers to highlight beds battle

Campaigners in Maryport fighting the planned closure of in-patient beds in the town's cottage hospital have spent the week making and planting thousands of yellow flowers to highlight their battle.

Ewanrigg Flowers
Kate Whitmarsh

The campaigners were hoping to have 7,000 planted around the community centre.

Health chiefs have earmarked the beds for closure because they say there are problems recruiting enough staff to look after people.

The proposals also include ending in-patient beds at Alston and Wigton.

Adrenalin debate flares again in Lake District

The new tourism season in the Lake District's seen the debate flare again over which attractions should be provided for the millions of visitors who come each year.

Honister via ferrata
Honister

At the Honister Slate Mine visitors have been able to climb across a rock face on a system of cables and ladders called a via ferrata, but the attraction's twice failed to get permission for a large zip wire.

Jan Wilkinson, who runs Honister, says she saw a much wider selection of activities on a recent visit to Snowdonia: "They were vibrant, there were young people, you could do all sorts - zip wires, go into the mines, into the treetops, huge drop-offs and things like that, and yes, we'd go back again."

There are long zip wires in several of Cumbria's forests, but Richard Leafe, the chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority, says: "We have to balance up impacts on the landscape that might deter other people coming to the Lake District with the provision of that kind of activity and make sure we site these things in the right places."

Weather: Cloud moving in

BBC Weather

After a chilly and dry start with some early sunshine particularly in the east, cloud will become more extensive.

It will be breezy and cool, but in any brightness feeling pleasantly warm, with temperatures rising to about 11C (52F).

Weather graphic
BBC

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

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

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