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'We cannot bankrupt school' - St Bees' governor

In an exclusive interview with ITV Border the chair of St Bees' governing board defended the decision to close the school this summer.

Professor Frank Woods attended a public meeting on Saturday night and told hundreds of angry parents that St Bees' future was not financially sustainable.

On Friday the governors confirmed the school would close this summer despite a rescue plan put together by a group of campaigners.

Professor Woods, who attended St Bees, said closing the school was a matter of "huge regret" and the decision was not "rapidly made".

Professor Woods added that he was educated at St Bees and would certainly have preferred that the school could be kept open.


Motorbike rider dies on A5074 near Kendal

Police are investigating after a motorbike rider died on the A5074 near Kendal.

The motorbike collided with a car at 1.50pm yesterday. The rider, who is believed to be a 57-year-old man from Nuneaton, died at the scene.

Police want witnesses to get in touch. Members of the public can contact Cumbria Police by calling 101.

St Bees campaigners 'gutted' school will not re-open

St Bees School Credit: ITV Border

The Rescue Group which put together a package to try and save St Bees says it is now "impossible" for the school to re-open in September.

About 400 people gathered in the village church for a meeting on Saturday night.

It followed the governors' announcement on Friday that they had rejected the Rescue Group's alternative plan to secure the school's short-term future.

Rescue Group Chairman Mark George said he was "gutted" the school would not re-open in September. He added that he was "deeply sorry" the group's attempts had failed.

The under-fire chairman of St Bees' governing body, Professor Frank Woods, also attended the meeting.

He was, at times, jeered by parents and there were multiple calls for him to resign.

He said St Bees was "a treasure" but a "very expensive treasure" and that its future was not financially sustainable.


Death of Borders man 'unexplained', say police

Police are treating the death of a man in a Borders village as "unexplained".

The 59-year-old man died at a house in Walkerburn. Officers are now investigating and trying to establish the cause of his death.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal."

– Spokesman, Police Scotland
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