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Two Cumbrian men in race for Auctioneer of the Year

David Porter works at Hopes Auction Mart in Wigton Credit: ITV Border

Two men from our region are in the running to be named Livestock New Auctioneer of the Year today.

Andrew Maughan and David Porter are two of five auctioneers from an original list of hundreds across the UK.

Andrew started at Penrith Auction Mart five years ago, while David works at Hopes Auction Mart in Wigton.


WATCH: Moment of serenity as MSPs practice Tai Chi

There was a moment of serenity in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, as MSPs took a break from debating to practice Tai Chi.

The ancient Chinese martial art is supposed to bring about a state of mental calm, and the session was organised by Age Scotland as part of their Let's Get Moving campaign.

Carlisle woman is world's youngest ever airline captain

26-year-old Kate McWilliams is a captain at Easyjet Credit: ITV Border

A 26-year-old woman from Carlisle has been officially named the world’s youngest ever commercial airline captain.

Kate McWilliams, who is an Easyjet captain, is originally from Stanwix and went to Trinity School in Carlisle.

She began flying aged 13 in the air cadets, before starting a training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton aged 18:

I joined the air cadets when I was about 13 and I just really enjoyed it. We got to do a bit of flying, gliding with them and I got the big really since then. I did a little bit of private flying up at Carlisle airport as well, that's where I'm from, and after that I joined the CTC when I was about 18."

– Kate McWilliams, Easyjet Captain

Carlisle attempt pom-pom world record

Knitted pom poms. Credit: Eden Valley Hospice

Thousands of woollen pom poms and one world record!

Tonight, as part of Eden Valley Hospice’s 25th Anniversary this year, an attempt will be made to break a world record.

Staff and volunteers will collect thousands of woollen pom poms to try and break the current world record at the Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle.

world record for longest line of pom poms.

All year, the hospice has been encouraging people to make a pom pom and send it to them.


WATCH: Cumbrian man first to complete Everest marathon with pacemaker

A Cumbrian man is heading out to America after becoming the first person in the world with a pacemaker, to complete the world's highest marathon - on Mount Everest.

63-year-old Steve Watts from Troutbeck, completed the Everest Marathon earlier this year.

He's now off to Minneapolis to tell medical executives about his adventures and meet the man who made the pacemaker that saved his life. Matthew Taylor went to meet him:

A Bridge Too Far: Part Two - Carlisle soldier finally laid to rest

Now all this week, we've been reporting from the Netherlands to bring you the story of a soldier from Carlisle, killed during the Battle of Arnhem in World War Two.

Corporal Tom Edgar was originally buried in a mass grave - but painstaking research has now identified the exact spot where he was laid to rest.

On Wednesday, relatives of the man, whose friends called him Rocky, were present at a moving ceremony to unveil - at last - his own named headstone.

Paul Crone was there too, and has this report.

A Bridge Too Far: Part One - The Border Regiment at Arnhem

Part two of the story of a soldier from Carlisle who was killed during the Battle of Arnhem in World War II.

Corporal Tom Edgar, known as 'Rocky', was buried in a mass grave.

After years of research he's finally been identified and today he'll be laid to rest with his own headstone.

His relatives will be present at the special ceremony in the Netherlands and our reporter Paul Crone is also there.

Here's part two of Tom Edgar's story.

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