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Young farmers positive about the future

Dairy farmers are facing tough and challenging times ahead, according to the president of the NFU in England.

Meurig Raymond has been in Cumbria, where some farmers say milk prices are cripplingly low.

But at the Newton Rigg agricultural college near Penrith, the president met students who are still determined to go into farming, and positive about the future.

Tim Backshall has this report:


ITV Border Scotland on Sky from mid March

ITV Border's service for viewers in the south of Scotland will be available on the Sky platform this month.

Border Scotland has been available on Freeview to viewers in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway since January 2014.

Now, ITV and Sky are carrying out technical changes to enable the service on Sky and Freesat. It is expected this will happen on March 16.

Sky is communicating the changes to its customers and viewers are advised to check their television planners after the switch.

ITV Border Scotland is home to the political programme Representing Border, which is on air every night that Holyrood is in session, and to Border Life which reports on matters that are relevant to the south of Scotland.

Border Life is on Monday evenings at 8pm.

Some World Book Day characters

It's that time of year again, where we celebrate authors, illustrators, books and reading with World Book Day.

Many of you have been dressing up as characters from your favourite books today.

We asked you to send us some pictures, here's a few of them:

Olivia, age 6, from Cockermouth dressed as the Queen of Hearts Credit: Nic Easterbrook
Sophie as the scarecrow in wizard of oz and Jenna as Cinderella in rags from Canonbie Credit: Emma Robb
Jake McCormick, age 3, from Dumfries dressed Credit: Ash Wynne

Appeal for 43-year-old man missing from Whitehaven

A 43-year-old man has gone missing from Whitehaven.

Neal Bellard was last seen leaving his home address this morning. It is believed he was driving a 2006 Blue Seat Altea.

Police are concerned for his wellbeing and appeal to anyone who may have seen Mr Bellard to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police.

Around The House: Tonight on ITV

Around The House is on ITV at 10.40pm, or 11.10pm on Freeview in the South of Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Our Westminster correspondent Paul Brand is joined by four new election candidates for a lively debate on immigration and the economy.

Paul Brand and studio guests Credit: ITV Border

Around The House is on ITV tonight at 10.40pm, or at 11.10pm on Freeview in the South of Scotland.


Border bridges for new 1st Class stamps

Some of the UK's most dramatic bridges are celebrated in a new set of stamps launched by Royal Mail.

Ten bridges feature in the collection of first-class stamps, while a special postmark will be issued today.

The featured Border region bridges are:

Royal Border Bridge (1850) - Berwick-upon-Tweed:

Credit: Royal Mail

Row Bridge (1700s) - Lake District:

Credit: Royal Mail

Andrew Hammond, head of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail, said:

The story of Britain's engineering genius can be found in its bridges. These new stamps celebrate 10 beautiful and ground-breaking landmarks that span centuries of our history.


And the winner is......

Last night we brought you a preview of the tough cook-off that was about to take place featuring two young, talented chefs from Carlisle.

Callum Allardice and Mary Docton battled it out last night, cooking a two course meal for judges at Carlisle Youth Zone.

17-year-old Callum was named the winner and presented with his chef's whites and will now become a trainee at Carlisle restaurant, The Shabby Scholar.

Hannah McNulty has this report:

Carlisle plays host to pre-Cheltenham race action

Carlisle Racecourse hosts an afternoon jumps meeting today, with the first of seven races getting under way at 2pm.

Besides the action on the track, the fixture also includes a preview of next week's Cheltenham Festival, with a panel of racing experts offering their tips for the big annual four-day event, which starts on Tuesday March 10th.

It will be a busy afternoon for top jockey Brian Harding, who has three rides at Carlisle before joining the preview panel after the last race at 5.15pm to give his insight on the festival - known as The Greatest Show on Turf.

Harding is among five of the top 20 in the jumps jockey championship who will be riding at Carlisle. The others are Tom Scudamore, Brian Hughes, Wilson Renwick and James Reveley.

Joining him on the panel in the Lloyd Motor Group Lawn Suites will be trainer Lucinda Russell and former champion jumps jockey Peter Scudamore, plus Cumbrian racing journalist and broadcaster John Budden. It will be chaired by Gordon Brown, Carlisle Racecourse raceday announcer, with free entry for all spectators who have attended the race meeting.

Gates open at 12 noon.

Carlisle Racecourse Credit: ITV Border News

"It's a nice double for everyone - a great afternoon's racing followed by a free Cheltenham preview just five days before the festival starts.

"There should be lots of tips and all the latest information about Cheltenham, including the Gold Cup, coming direct from the experts, which is the next best thing to getting it from the horse's mouth!"

– Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse's general manager
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