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Beatrix Potter could feature on new £20 note

Two current £20 notes. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/PA Images

The Bank of England has finished its two-month consultation into who should appear on the new £20 notes - and a famous Cumbrian author is amongst the front-runners.

Beatrix Potter, who had holidays in the Lake District, and eventually bought a farm there, is known for her children's books, including "The Tale of Peter Rabbit".

Beatrix Potter. Credit: PA

More than 21,000 nominations have been sent in, with other suggestions including architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, painters John Constable and JMW Turner, fashion designer Alexander McQueen and sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

Nominees to replace economist Adam Smith on the £20 note must come from the world of the visual arts and no longer be alive.

A short-list of nominations will be drawn up before Bank of England Governor Mark Carney makes the final decision.

The new £20 note will go into circulation in 2020, and there's another Cumbrian connection, as a company in Wigton, Innovia, is at the heart of the manufacture of the new plastic notes.

Lawn mower charity team's 'worst moment' in Dumfries

The Lawn Way Round Credit: The Lawn Way Round

A motor enthusiast who travelled around the country on lawn mowers with his friends, has said the worst moment of the trip came in Dumfries.

Tony Dwight, Darren Whitehead and Paul Tindall drove 2,200 miles on ride along lawn mowers to raise money for Crohn's and Colitis UK.

They raised £2,000 for charity, travelling through areas including Carlisle and Dumfries.

It was on a roundabout in Dumfries that Tony Dwight had his worst moment:

I hit a ramp or a pothole in the road, and all four wheels came off the ground.

All the teeth rattled in my head when I landed."

– Tony Dwight


'Dinosaur' skeleton discovered near Kendal

Credit: Lakeland Maze Farm Park

A giant dinosaur skeleton has been found in a field near Kendal.

Aerial photography of the creature suggests that the dinosaur – spotted at Sedgwick, close to M6 junction 36 – is a Tyrannosaurus Rex – a large theropod dinosaur that last roamed the land 66-68 million years ago.

The 'discovery' comes just a month after the launch of the movie Jurassic World which has put terrifying dinosaurs back into the spotlight.

Luckily for those who have seen the movie, this dinosaur will not be coming to life and running rampage through the beautiful South Lakeland countryside. The dinosaur skeleton has actually been cut out of a crop of maize, at the Lakeland Maze Farm Park in Sedgwick, and forms the theme for this year’s family maze.

Children and adults can venture through the dinosaur’s body, negotiating twists and turns on the paths that lead through the maze, as they attempt to find their way out, exiting through the creature’s hand.

The Lakeland Maze Farm Park will be using the design to fire up children’s imaginations, running a story competition that children can enter, throughout the summer, which asks them to create a story on the theme, ‘The day the Sedgwick dinosaur came to life.’

Credit: Lakeland Maze Farm Park

“We hope we won’t be awakening any sleeping dinosaurs, but are sure we will be sparking children’s passion for discovering more about these prehistoric creatures.

"This year’s theme should be a lot of fun and we expect to draw in around 18,000 visitors from across the north west, as well as locals and Lake District holidaymakers. We can almost hear the roar of approval now … unless that is the dinosaur coming to life.”

– Graham Wadsworth, Lakeland Maze Farm Park

Sisters' charity chop

Ellie has her head shaved Credit: Kerry Macdonald

Two west Cumbrian sisters proved they're top of the chops when it comes to raising money for a good cause.

Sixteen-year-old Ellie Tinnion and her sister Abbie, seven, from Aspatria, lopped off their long locks on Thursday in aid of The Little Princess Trust - a charity that provides real hair wigs for children with hair loss.

Ellie had her head shaved while Abbie had 12-inches of hair cut off at the same time.

Ellie was inspired to raise money in this way by Vicky Askew, one of her teachers at Beacon Hill Community School, who'd had her hair chopped for the same charity last year.

The higher the amount of money Ellie raised through sponsorship the more hair she decided she'd cut off

With the help of Aspatria Dreamscheme staff and young volunteers she organised a fundraising night at Aspatria Youth Club in addition to sponsorship and the total sum raised now stands at around £4,500.

Abbie's chopped off hair Credit: Kerry Macdonald


Million pound 'cosmic landscape' opens

Crawick Multiverse Credit: Crawick Multiverse

A new artwork, which cost £1 million to produce, opens in Dumfries and Galloway today.

The Crawick Multiverse is a 55-acre "cosmic landscape", inspired by themes of space, astronomy and cosmology.

It was created by American architect Charles Jencks, and funded by the Duke of Buccleuch.

It opens to the public today with a traditional summer fayre, including a treasure trail and art competition, and stalls selling local produce.

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:

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