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  1. Duke of Edinburgh remembered as 'an amazing man' for charity

    Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington says the Duke of Edinburgh was responsible for saving Cumbria-based charity, the Outward Bound Trust, from going out of business more than 20 years ago.

    The charity, which is based in Penrith and runs outdoor education and adventure courses for young people, ran into financial difficulties in the 1990s.

    The duke joined Outward Bound as a Trustee in 1953, and became chairman, until being given the role of Patron from 1999-19.

    HRH Duke of Edinburgh with young people at Ullswater, August 2016

    Sir Chris said the duke showed decisive leadership: "He immediately stepped in and twisted the arms of some of his more wealthy trustees into actually putting up the money that Outward Bound needed to survive, and having done that he stepped in himself and sacked both the chairman and the one running it, and brought in his own people from the Duke of Edinburgh Awards."

    Sir Chris, who became involved with the Outward Bound around that time, remembers meetings being held at Buckingham Palace, with the duke chairing them.

    "I've never come across a person who chaired a meeting better, I learned a huge amount from him," he said.

    "He was firm, he was direct and let everyone have their say but the moment they started waffling or went off the point he firmly and courteously brought them back again. He had a wonderful sense of humour too."

    HRH Duke of Edinburgh with kit bags at Outward Bound Trust, Ullswater 2016
  2. Weather on the fells: Sunshine and light winds

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around 0C to 2C (32F to 36F) in the morning, rising to 2C to 3C (35F to 37F) in the afternoon.
    • Winds: Mainly southerly winds, and mostly light but turning gentle later in the afternoon. Gusts around 10mph to 15mph.
    • Cloud: Skies will be clear at first, but patchy cloud will build in the afternoon, with bases above the summits around 3,300ft to 5,000ft (1,000m to 1,500m).
    • Weather: A bright and sunny start to the day. With a little patchy cloud in the afternoon, but some sunny spells in any breaks in the cloud. Staying dry throughout.
    • Visibility: Excellent.
    • Freezing level: Around 3,000ft (900m) at first, rising to above the summits for the afternoon.
  3. Sir Mo's support for Cumbrian marathon runner

    Sir Mo Farah has sent a message of support to a Cumbrian man who's running 110 marathons in 110 days.

    In a video message the athlete called Gary McKee, from Cleator Moor, "incredible".

    Mr McKee, 51, ran his first marathon on 1 February and hopes to complete his last one on 21 May.

    He is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and West Cumbria Hospice at Home.

    So far he's raised almost £55,000.

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  4. Walker taken to hospital after Coniston fall

    A woman hit her head when she slipped and fell while descending the Old Man of Coniston.

    Eighteen members of Coniston Mountain Rescue were involved in helping the woman, who had briefly been knocked unconscious by the fall.

    She was carried by stretcher and then flown by the Great North Air Ambulance to Furness General Hospital.

    Members of Coniston MRT and casualty
  5. Weather on the fells: Dry and sunny with light winds

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around 0C to 1C (32F to 34F) in the morning, rising to 3C to 4C (37F to 39F) in the afternoon.
    • Winds: Winds will be light and easterly, with gusts around 10mph to 15mph.
    • Cloud: Patchy cloud at times today, with bases around 2,600ft to 3,300ft (800m to 1,000m) in the morning, rising to above the summits in the afternoon.
    • Weather: It will be a dry and sunny day throughout with a few patches of cloud.
    • Visibility: Generally excellent, but visibility may become very briefly moderate in any passing patchy cloud.
    • Freezing level: Around 2,300ft to 2,600ft (700m to 800m) at first, rising above the summits in the afternoon.
  6. Weather on the fells: Sunny start turning cloudy this afternoon

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around -4C (25F).
    • Winds: Mostly light north-westerly winds, gusting up to 15mph to 20mph.
    • Cloud: The chance of a few clouds developing at about 800m (2,600ft) this afternoon.
    • Weather: Plenty of sunshine with just the chance of a few passing clouds this afternoon. These clouds could bring a few light snow showers.
    • Visibility: Generally excellent, but visibility may become briefly poor in any afternoon showers.
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    Video caption: Prince Philip's visits to the North East and Cumbria

    We take a look back at Prince Philip's visits to the North East and Cumbria over the years.

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    Video caption: Lake District pupils urge visitors to look after the area

    A video by schoolchildren shows visitors how to enjoy, respect and protect the Lake District.