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How did the Great War affect the Borders?

The exhibition will look at how Duns was affected by the Great War Credit: PA Wire

A new exhibition is looking at how the Great War affected Duns and the surrounding area, despite being miles from the front line.

Shops and businesses had to cope with less staff as their employees signed up to fight 'for King and country'. Everyone was involved in fundraising to buy ships, planes and tanks. They also collected home comforts for the men in the trenches.

Women went back into work and began to take on roles they had never had before. Berwickshire also fell victim with stray zeppelin bombs showering the district in 1916. All things considered Duns and its environs had a large part to play in this new type of war.

Photographs, objects, local newspapers and town council records have been used to build up a picture of Duns in the 1914-18 period. Many local people have loaned family items to also display.

‘The Great War in Duns’ exhibition is in Duns Library Contact Centre and will be open during library open hours from 4th October to 15th November.

Taste Cumbria's fifth festival flourishes

The festival takes place during the last week in September. Credit: ITV Border

This year's Taste Cumbria festival was the 'biggest to date' according to organisers.

Around 35,000 people went to the festival in Cockermouth. Businesses at the festival and in the town also benefitted from the festival, with some reporting record takings.

“This year’s festival was amazing. After last year’s success, when 30,000 people came to Cockermouth and £1.9 million went into the local economy, we couldn’t wait to see how the event would grow this year – particularly as we had decided to concentrate totally on Cumbrian culinary talents, rather than bringing celebrity chefs from outside the county.

We’ve had great reports from the businesses in Cockermouth too – including those that don’t sell food. Some told us they had their best trading days so far this year, with one saying this weekend felt like the run up to Christmas!"

– Marie Whitehead, of CN Events, the festival organisers

The festival ran from the 26th to 28th September and was created after the floods in 2009 to revitalise the area.

The event featured a pop-up restaurant with Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, beer festival, a giant producers’ market, hot food court, chefs’ demonstrations and Cumbria Life master classes and family activities. Credit:
The 2014 sponsors were Allerdale Borough Council, Cockermouth Town Council, Jennings Brewery, Lakes Distillery, Trout Hotel, Westinghouse, Caterite and Cumbria Tourism. Credit: ITV Border


Cumbria's PCC discusses domestic violence

Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is looking into how domestic violence and child exploitation are tackled by various agencies.

Richard Rhodes, who was elected in November 2012, has previously pledged to make tackling domestic violence and child exploitation a top priority. He will now discuss them in more detail with officers from Cumbria Police.


£200,000 boost to D&G events

Dizzee Rascal and Scottish favourites del Amitri performed at this year's Wickerman festival Credit: ITV Border

£200,000 will be available to boost festivals in Dumfries and Galloway.

The council have announced that the money will go towards ensuring there is something going on in the region all year round.

Already the area is home to a lot of successful events.

"We've got a number of events and festivals that take place that really put the region on the map, the Wickerman Festival, the Wigtown Book Festival, we had the Lockerbie Jazz Festival recently, there's a huge range of things taking place right across Dumfries and Galloway and I think more and more people are starting to realise the region is a really good place to visit if you want to go to major events and major festivals."

– Colin Smyth Dumfries & Galloway Council

Cumbria Police to check tyre safety

Tyres without the required tread depth are illegal Credit: Robert Schlesinger/DPA/Press Association Images

Cumbria Police will be checking the safety of car tyres ahead of the winter, and drivers whose cars don't meet the required standard could face fines.

Last winter was the wettest on record in the UK, and cars without enough tyre tread depth can struggle to brake properly, leading to more collisions.

Driving on tyres that are under inflated or have a tread depth under 1.6 millimetres is illegal.

Breaking the rules can lead to fines of up to £2,500, and three penalty points for each tyre.

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