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Free winter wonderland parking in Egremont

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Revellers at Egremont's winter wonderland Christmas lights switch-on will be able to park for free this weekend.

The free parking is available from midnight to midnight on Sunday in Copeland Borough Council's town centre car park.

The event had been due to take place yesterday but was put back a week due to the bad weather.

“The winter wonderland and lights switch on are a big part of the annual events in Egremont and it was unfortunate that the weather was so bad last week.

"I am delighted Copeland Council have been able to support the rescheduled Christmas event this Sunday, and have arranged for the free car parking.

“I hope the weather will be fine and the free parking will encourages more people to attend this Sunday (December 6) to support this great community event."

– Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland

Ex-F1 star teams up with Dumfries charity

Allan McNish Credit: Headway (Dumfries & Galloway)

Motorsport star Allan McNish has been unveiled as the new patron of a Dumfries charity.

The Dumfries-born ex-Formula One driver and triple Le Mans winner is taking up the role with brain injury charity Headway (Dumfries & Galloway) - the only specialist service available to people in the region living with an Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury (ABI/TBI).

“I am proud to be a Patron of Headway (Dumfries and Galloway). I know personally the traumas of head injuries, and often the impact it has on the related families and Headway provides a much needed service to the local community in education, support and rehabilitation for those involved, with over 650 families having been supported by their Outreach service during difficult times.”

– Allan McNish

Headway (Dumfries & Galloway) is planning a road-awareness and outdoors head-injury themed campaign during 2016 to highlight the potential dangers of activities including cycling, horse-riding and climbing.

They say McNish is the ideal famous face to help publicise the scheme.

"We are all absolutely delighted that Allan has agreed to be our Patron for Headway here in D&G. As well as being born and bred in Dumfries, throughout his racing career, safety has always been and indeed continues to be, a key priority for Allan.

"Our Prevention and Safety campaign planned for 2016 will hopefully be greatly enhanced through Allan’s role as our official Patron across Dumfries & Galloway.”

– Rosemary McCrae, Deputy Manager at Headway

Police appeal for Carlisle assault witnesses

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Police are appealing for witnesses to an alleged assault in Carlisle on Friday night.

A 25-year-old man sustained non-life threatening head injuries following the incident near the Portland Snooker Club on Currock Road.

Anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed something is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for Carlisle CID or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Storm damage cuts power to Cumbrian properties

Debris on the B5322 near Threlkeld Credit: ITV Border

Around 100 properties in Cumbria are still without power after storms damaged overhead powerlines in the region.

Electricity North West says over the weekend 12,000 customers in the north west were affected.

Its engineers have been working since 5am this morning to restore power, however a small number of properties in Egremont, Arnside, Coniston and Grange-over-Sands are still without power.

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