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From Australia to Copeland... to see a statue

William and Aileen Mellor, from Australia, with the statue. Credit: Copeland Borough Council

An Australian couple, who are visiting to watch the Ashes, are taking a detour to Whitehaven to see a special statue.

It's of Ron Looney, the former Cleator cricketer and gurning legend.

William and Aileen Mellor, from Gayndah in Queensland, Australia, met his son by chance in Brisbane, whilst watching England play Austria.

They kept in touch with Ron Looney Jr, and decided to make the trip to the Copeland Centre in Whitehaven to see the statue.

The concept of gurning took them by surprise:

One letter we received a few months ago told us to look up ‘gurning’ on the internet. We were surprised to read all about his dad being turned into a statue.

We had never seen or heard of such a competition before. We looked it up and there was all of these people pulling funny faces.”

– William and Aileen Mellor

Watch: discover the Lake Districts secret nuclear bunker

The Lake District has it's fair share of famous landmarks.

But next month, visitors might have to look well below the surface to find the most unusual of attractions.

It's a relic of the Cold War, and part of Britain's defence network in the event of a nuclear attack.

The building will be open to the public soon, so what better way to help Paul Crone celebrate his birthday than to send him 15 feet underground:


A Cold War relic... nestled in the Lake District

The nuclear bunker. Credit: ITV News

The Lake District is famed for its stunning scenery, outdoor sports scene, and healthy livestock.

Its secret nuclear bunker, isn't so well known.

You can find it in a farmer's field in Threlkeld, and it's been restored by two former soldiers.

Inside the bunker. Credit: ITV News

Dave Boots Shaw and David Atkinson, both formerly of the Royal Observer Corps, have spent 300 hours restoring Carlisle 51 Post.

A group of three people could survive there for three weeks - but would almost certainly die from the effects of radiation after.

It's a long way down. Credit: ITV News

The nuclear bunker will open to the public from 11 July.

Local acts fail to win places in BGT final

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

On Friday 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.

Both acts missed out on places in Sunday's final, which was won by Jules and Matisse.

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


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