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Old June 18th, 2015, 09:39 AM   #121
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Message in a bottle from Carlisle sparks hunt for sender

By Duncan Bick

Last updated at 13:41, Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Are you Raymond Davidson? Did you put a message in a bottle?



Forty-four years after being dropped into the ocean, a teenage boy’s note has resurfaced – and its discovery has prompted a nationwide search.

An Australian woman on holiday in north-east Scotland was astonished to discover a bottle, stopped up with a cork, when it washed ashore yesterday morning.

She was even more amazed to open it and discover the letter inside had been written by a 14-year-old boy from Carlisle on January 15, 1971.

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Old June 19th, 2015, 09:46 AM   #122
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Fun at DurhamGate this week in aid of Butterwick



TEN schools are enjoying fun filled days ahead of a community event for charity.

During the Mermaid Tales and Pirate Trails event, today (Thursday, June 18) and tomorrow (Friday, June 19) pupils will ride on a vintage 1954 Leyland Tiger Harriet bus, provided by Cumbria Classic Coaches, to DurhamGate, at Thinford, to enjoy nautical-themed entertainment.

Captain Raggy Beard and his crew of pirates will greet youngsters from nursery, primary and secondary schools in the Spennymoor area and entertain them with jokes and songs before a treasure hunt to find the mermaid’s tears.

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Old June 19th, 2015, 09:52 AM   #123
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Pride and Prejudice performed at Cumbria beauty spot

By Jonny Irving

Last updated at 12:41, Thursday, 18 June 2015

A classic 19th century tale was brought to life on the shores of a beautiful Cumbrian tarn.



Theatre fans turned out in force to see an open-air performance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Predjudice last night.

Touring theatre company The Pantaloons used scenic Talkin Tarn, near Brampton, as the backdrop for an intimate performance.

A total of 125 people wrapped up warm and braved a chilly evening to enjoy a fun and vibrant display from the group of actors.

Last summer the venue was turned into an open-air theatre during a performance of The Tempest. Despite poor weather conditions, last year’s event was a success and it prompted Talkin Tarn’s site manager Jonathan May to bring back the theatre company.

Mr May said: “This is to try and open up Talkin Tarn to some ventures that have the potential to spark people’s interests.

“The revenue that something like this brings will benefit us too.

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Old June 20th, 2015, 10:04 AM   #124
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Truck show promises fun for all ages in Sedgefield



FORGET horses, trucks will take centre stage at a North-East racecourse this summer.

Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham is holding its first Truck Show from Saturday, August 29 to Monday, August 31.

It will include a variety of free activities to keep truckers and the public entertained, including the popular Drakes of Hazards display, rock band the Flying Oysters, pony rides, donkey display and a zoo.

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Old June 22nd, 2015, 10:52 AM   #125
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Fishburn pit wheel back home after 40 years



A FORMER colliery community has been reunited with its pit wheel after 40 years.

The original winding wheel from Fishburn Colliery is now proudly on show on the outskirts of the County Durham village as a lasting tribute to its mining heritage.

When the pit closed in the early 1970s, the wheel was presented to Northumbria Police and displayed outside the force’s headquarters in Ashington and later Ponteland.

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Old June 22nd, 2015, 11:02 AM   #126
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Cumbrian parachutist speaks of mid-air drama

Last updated at 11:38, Sunday, 21 June 2015

A Cumbrian parachutist has spoken of the moment his parachute went wrong mid-routine.



Related: Air show drama after Red Devils' parachute collapse

Corporal Mike French, from Gosforth, and Corporal Wayne Shorthouse, from Plymouth, have been identified as the two Red Devil parachutists involved in Friday night's terrifying scenes in the skies above Whitehaven harbour.

The parachutists were about to perform a manoeuvre called a stack in which one jumper is directly under another.

However, at about 1,800ft it is understood that Cpl Shorthouse’s body became entangled in his colleague's parachute. It partially collapsed, leaving them both dangling.

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Old June 26th, 2015, 10:58 AM   #127
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Funding boost for Sedgefield Bloomers



AN award-winning group of volunteers will be able to bring even more flower power to Sedgefield thanks to a £250 donation.

Manor House 1707 donated the money to the Sedgefield in Bloom committee, also known as the Bloomers, to support its work in creating and maintaining floral displays in the town.

In recent years, with the support of tenant Parsons Containers, the Manor House garden has been turned into a key display area by Sedgefield in Bloom in preparation for Northumbria in Bloom and Britain in Bloom judging.

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Giant jellyfish washed up - beware of stings

By Pam McClounie

Last updated at 09:25, Friday, 26 June 2015

This giant jellyfish has been found washed up on a west Cumbrian beach.



Lisa Rowe, who lives at Silecroft Holiday Park, contacted the News & Star with this photo.

She said: “The giant jellyfish was on the beach at Silecroft. The shoe in the photo is an adult size eight which gives an idea of the size of the jellyfish.”

Last year, a jellyfish alert was issued along the Cumbrian coast with people suffering stings so severe they had to be treated in hospital.

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Old June 26th, 2015, 11:06 AM   #129
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Job cuts shock as Cumbria council bids to find extra £22m savings

By Phil Coleman

Last updated at 21:19, Thursday, 25 June 2015

Cumbria council bosses have warned their workforce to expect more jobs misery after revealing they will have to slash spending by £22 million more than they had previously anticipated.



The authority has already identified or delivered spending cuts of £178m.

Until recently, managers had calculated that they needed to find another £33m in savings by 2018, but that figure has been revised upwards to £55m - a result of the decision to government prolonging austerity for a further year, says Council Leader Stewart Young.

Union chiefs say that the new savings target is certain to mean the loss of more than the 1,800 jobs previously said to be under threat.

The cuts will increase the pressure on Cumbria to move to a simplified “unitary” local authority structure.

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Old June 27th, 2015, 10:05 AM   #130
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Beer festival boost for village hall



A VILLAGE hall has received a funding boost after a community united to raise more than £3,000 - by hosting a beer festival.

The second Butterknowle Village Hall Mid Summer Beer and Music Festival was held from June 19 to 21 and has been hailed a great success.

Secretary of Butterknowle Village Hall Committee, Klara Whiley, said more than 300 people attended the three-day gig, which raised a total of £3,600.

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Alston residents and businesses join community share offer for fibre broadband

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Alston residents and businesses join community share offer for fibre broadband
19:00, 26 June 2015 By Adam Luke


A trench dug for the community broadband project in Alston

A rural town will soon enjoy a fibre broadband service after households were invited to join an innovative community share offer.

Businesses and residents of Alston will benefit from superfast internet speeds and faster downloads as fibre optic cables are laid along part of an old railway track between the town and Haltwhistle in Northumberland.

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is paying for part of the work, while Cybermoor Networks launched a community share offer earlier this month to raise £150,000 by July 31. People can invest £100, with a three-year commitment, which is eligible for 30% tax rebates through the Enterprise Investment Scheme.

Daniel Heery, Cybermoor project manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to invest in infrastructure that will bring benefits to the whole community. A fibre optic cable network along the valley will provide faster, more reliable connections, helping local people get more from the internet.”

Cybermoor, which started in 2001, has already completed fibre optic networks for the centre of Alston and a link to Nenthead.

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Old June 28th, 2015, 10:34 AM   #132
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Cockfield residents invited to public meeting to discuss miners' banner



COCKFIELD residents are being invited to a public meeting to discuss whether to make a new miners’ banner for the village to replace the old one which has been lost.

The meeting, in the Methodist Church Hall, will take place on Wednesday, July 1, at 7pm.

Durham County Councillor Heather Smith, who is involved in the project, also said there could be a possibility of including the village’s famous surveyor and astronomer Jeremiah Dixon.

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Music festival set to return to Spennymoor for eight year



Sunday 28 June 2015
SPENNYMOOR’S annual music festival is set to return for its eight year next month.

Middlefest is a not for profit event and raises money for charity with this year’s funds going to the cystic fibrosis charity, 65 Red Roses.

Organiser, Paul Griffiths, said: “This is Spennymoor’s only music festival and we love it to be a family friendly, community spirited day.

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Old June 29th, 2015, 09:49 AM   #134
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Vulcan bomber thrills crowds at Carlisle fly past

Last updated at 11:04, Sunday, 28 June 2015

Britain's last airworthy Vulcan bomber flew over Carlisle Airport as part of its final journey.



Having survived the Cold War era and the Falklands conflict, the delta-winged Avro Vulcan XH558 is now 55 years old. This is its last flying season before it is grounded because of soaring restoration costs.

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Old June 30th, 2015, 10:36 AM   #135
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It's a Knockout event raises more than £8,000 for Butterwick Hospice



VOLUNTEERS went head to head in an ‘It’s a Knock Out’ style charity fundraiser over the weekend (June 27 and 28).

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One hundred and seventy people lined up to take part in the TV showed themed event at Witton Castle, in County Durham.

The fundraiser, which involved contestants having to make their way through a huge inflatable assault course in a series of school sports day themed games, raised more than £8,000 for the Butterwick Hospice.

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Spennymoor boxer wins national championship



A YOUNG boxer is proving he can punch above his weight after winning a national championship in his first amateur season.

Tyler Jacques, 12, triumphed in the National Minors Boxing Championships 2015, after competing in the 37-38.5kg division on June 20.

The youngster, who trains with Spennymoor Boxing Academy, took part in the competition after being crowned Tyne Tees and Wear champion and then Northern Counties Champion.

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Cumbrian mum's heartfelt plea over vital transplant for daughter, 2

By Jonny Irving

Last updated at 12:03, Tuesday, 30 June 2015

A family is making a heartfelt plea for people to sign up to become bone marrow donors and help save their little girl’s life.



Two-year-old Elsie Kumar was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia when she was 20 months old and after undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy returned home in remission in April.

But a relapse means that the tot now needs a bone marrow transplant.

Her mum, Wigton-born Helen Kumar, nee Byers, is urging people from her home county to sign up to the different registers hoping it might help Elsie and others like her.

Helen, 43, now lives in London with husband Arun but many of her family remain in the Wigton area.

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North Pennines AONB Partnership announces winner of the Pendlebury Award 2015



A MAN who played a pivotal role in transforming a long-abandoned mine into an award-winning tourist attraction has been honoured.

Ian Forbes, MBE, from Westgate, in Weardale, was announced as the winner of this year’s Pendlebury Award, which was set up three years ago to recognise the contribution of a person who makes a significant impact on the conservation and enhancement of the North Pennines.

Mr Forbes was presented with the accolade at the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership’s Annual Forum at Bowlees Visitor Centre on Friday (June 26).

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Time-lapse video captures thunderstorms in night sky over Bishop Auckland



THE hottest July day for almost a decade was interrupted by violent thunderstorms that swept across the region yesterday.

Arron Briddick headed out with his GoPro camera in the early hours to capture this incredible time-lapse video as thunderstorms filled the night sky over Bishop Auckland.

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Hard-up Cumbria County Council paid £10m on redundancies

By Emily Parsons

Last updated at 12:49, Friday, 03 July 2015

A cash-strapped council has paid out £10m in redundancy packages in the past two years.



Cumbria County Council has to cut its spending by £83m over the next three years and expects to shed about 1,800 jobs. This is on top of £130m of savings which it has already had to find.

Its annual accounts, published last Friday, reveal that in 2014/ 15 a total of 248 employees took redundancy, with all but one of those being voluntary. This cost the council £4,870,000 – an average of £19,600 per person. The figure was down on the previous year, in which £5,365,000 was paid to 226 people.

Leader Stewart Young admitted that the figures were high, but said it was the obvious consequence of such dramatic job losses.

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