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Lidl planning second Carlisle supermarket

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Supermarket chain Lidl is set to submit plans for a second store in Carlisle.

The company is currently asking for public feedback on its proposals for a new store on land off Warwick Road opposite the junction with Victoria Road.

The company says if approved the new development would create up to 30 new jobs.

Consultation now being carried out with the public will be used to inform the company's official planning application it intends to submit to Carlisle City Council towards the end of June.

The plans can be viewed here

Jim Clark Rally spectator safety warning

The organisers of this year's Jim Clark Rally have had a struggle to put together an event just 12 months on from the tragic accident in 2014.

At one point it looked like they would have to cancel the rally completely due to the amount of work required to change it from a closed tarmac event to a forestry event.

However, they've managed to put together the rally which has attracted 80 teams and thousands of spectators are expected to watch on Sunday.

The spectators going into the forests are being asked to adhere to the instructions given by organisers and safety marshals.

If we find any spectators ignoring these instructions and putting themselves or others in danger then we do have the right to cancel the stage. We want everyone to go out and have a fun day at the rally, but most importantly a safe day.

– Graeme Provest, Deputy Clerk of the Course

Fire Service calling for new volunteers

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Cumbria residents interested in helping keep their communities safe are being encouraged to mark Volunteers’ Week by coming forward and teaming up with the county's fire and rescue service.

New faces are needed to join the service’s community safety team and assist in a variety of roles, from carrying out home fire safety checks and fitting free smoke alarms to delivering HeartStart life-support courses.

They are also involved in:

- Assisting at events and community days

- Helping with fire safety campaigns and speaking to residents about community safety issues

- Supporting delivery of the Dementia Friends campaign

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) is a national campaign that celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. As well as celebrating what volunteers do, it’s also an opportunity to raise the profile of volunteering and recruit more people to the cause.

Each member of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s community volunteer team is given varied training, a uniform and expenses and operates within a formal structure to ensure high standards of service are maintained.

Currently Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has around 85 volunteers county-wide and is looking to boost that number by taking on new volunteers.

“Our volunteers do a great job and play a vital role in the work of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. Fire prevention and educating people about the dangers of fires is a major focus of what we do, so our volunteers are absolutely key to enabling us to get out into communities and deliver the fire safety message that saves lives.

"Volunteers’ Week is an ideal opportunity for those thinking about volunteering to get involved, so I’d urge people to contact us and find out more.”

– Cllr Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for the Fire and Rescue Service

Anybody interested in becoming a Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service volunteer should call 0300 303 8623 or email for an application pack or to find out more information.


Local acts fail to win automatic places in BGT final

It's commiserations to two acts from Cumbria who have failed to win automatic places in the final of Britain's Got Talent.

Last night in the last live semi final on ITV, opera singer Emma Jones from Wigton came fifth, ahead of Georgie Jackson from Ulverston with her girl group Misstasia. But there is still hope for the girls because the judges are allowed to pick a wildcard act for Sunday's final so one of them might be lucky.

Misstasia. Credit: Britain's Got Talent Thames/Syco

Final preparations underway for Jim Clark Rally

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Rally teams from across the UK are making their way to Kelso for the Jim Clark Rally.

The event has been held on closed tarmac roads around the Berwickshire countryside for the past 18 years. However, following on from last year's event when three people were killed, it returns to the forest stages around the Kielder Complex in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

In 2014 a competitor lost control of his car and left the track, crashing into a group of people, killing three.

The accident prompted a major safety review into motor sport and new guidelines have been put in place. Every event now requires an increase in marshal numbers, mandatory training for the marshals and more communication with spectators.

Two marshal training events are taking place on Saturday, one in Newcastle and the other at Rally Headquarters at Springwood Park in Kelso between 6pm and 8pm.

Around 80 rally teams are arriving in Kelso for safety checks and driver briefings.

The cars set off from the showground in Kelso at 8am on Sunday.

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