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Solfest festival gets underway

Solfest music festival Credit: ITV Border

West Cumbria's Solfest music festival starts today.

The event near Aspatria didn't take place last year but organisers say it's back with a bang.

The lineup includes The Unthanks, Kathryn Tickell & The Side and Electric Village.


WATCH: Jane Pit memorial

Recent times and plans have been revealed for a permanent memorial to honour those who lived and died working in the mining industry in West Cumbria.

There were hundreds of pits employing thousands of men and even children.

And serious accidents involving large losses of life were not uncommon.

Paul Crone has been to Workington to see how plans for the memorial are progressing.


Plans to erect memorial to the Jane Pit miners

Mining was once a huge part of the Cumbrian economy. Credit: PA

There are plans to create a permanent memorial to miners at the Jane Pit in Workington.

The project , which is at an early stage, is being led by the town council who want to recognise the sacrifices of the pit workers.

The site closed in 1875.

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