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Northern Lights: Top photography tips

Tonight is the best chance to see the Northern Lights in our region for a long time.

No guarantees - but if it does happen you might want to know how to photograph it.

Viewer Alison Leddy has given us her top tips for capturing the phenomenon on camera.

Go as far away from any light pollution as possible and look to the north for clear dark skies.

The coast is generally the best.

Be prepared for a long wait and keep taking photos and checking on your camera.

– Alison Leddy
Alison captured this shot earlier this year Credit: Alison Leddy

A lot of the time it isn't visible to the naked eye but because you are doing a long exposure, your camera's sensor picks up the light and colours.

Best tip ever is to wrap up warm, it could turn into a long night.

– Alison Leddy

If you do get a picture you can email me your pictures to:

weatherpics@itv.com

Or Tweet me:

@Ross_Hutchinson

And good luck!!

Maryport man devotes time for troops

In the latest in our Pride of Britain finalists for the Border region is Ryan Winthrop.

For the past four years, he's personally collected and sent out hundreds of parcels to troops serving in some of the world's most dangerous places. He calls them "parcels of thanks" - so that the men and women serving our country know that they aren't forgotten.

Matthew Taylor went to meet him at his Maryport home.

If you're interested in donating too, boxed items can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Any Co-Operative funeral branch in Cumbria
  • How Bazaar fancy dress shop in Maryport

Or visit the Support Our Soldiers website.

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Mum hopes to build holiday retreat for disabled children

The third nominee for the regional Pride Of Britain Fundraiser of the Year has been announced.

The awards are backed by The Daily Mirror with the ITV Border regional winner getting an invite to a star studded ceremony in London.

Today's finalist is a mum from Abbeytown who runs a Spina Bifida awareness campaign and is hoping to build a holiday retreat for disabled children in the name of her son who was born with just 2 per cent of his brain.

For more information, visit http://www.hugsfornoah.co.uk/

Mum raises £100,000 after child dies of rare illness

The second nominee for the regional Pride Of Britain Fundraiser of the Year has been announced.

The awards are backed by The Daily Mirror with the ITV Border regional winner getting an invite to a star studded ceremony in London.

Today's finalist is a mum from Workington who's raised almost £100,000 for charity. Katie Hunter's been to meet her:

Find out more about the Rainbow Trust charity by clicking here.

Local volunteer helps save lives

The Pride of Britain awards are backed by The Daily Mirror with the ITV Border regional winner getting an invite to a star studded ceremony in London.

This week we meet the nominees before a regional winner is chosen on Friday.

Our first finalist is a young woman from Cumbria who's used to putting others wellbeing first, as Tim Backshall reports.

For more information, visit theCommunity First Responders website.

89-year-old takes leap of faith down 820m wire

Facing the longest zipwire in Europe sounds like a scary enough challenge for most people, but what about when you're nearly ninety?

Well, one man from the Gatehouse of Fleet, who is just that, took on the challenge this weekend along with seventy others. As Lori Carnochan reports, they took this particular leap of faith to raise money for a charity close to their heart.

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Man, 89, completes Europe's longest zip wire

Bobby was given an award for his charity fundraising Credit: ITV Border

A 89-year-old man has taken part in a charity zip wire event to raise money for charity.

The zip wire is 820 metres long, the longest zip wire in Europe. Seventy people overall took part for Macmillan Cancer Support at Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.

"Well I had always intended to do the zip-line but it never happened, and my son Robert he was asked if he would do it and he says no my father will do it but I was intending to do it anyway."

– Bobby Carson, Macmillan Cancer Fundraiser
Bobby raised over £700 for the event Credit: ITV Border

Harry's letters from WW1 go home to Carlisle

One of Harry's letters Credit: ITV Border

A collection of 150 letters are to go on display at a Military Museum in Carlisle.

The hoard was collected by the museums curator following a phone call from a relative of soldier Harry Canham, who served with the Kings Own Border Regiment.

The nearly complete collection documents his time fighting in the Far East.

The equivalent of one a week was sent during his time there. Only two are missing from the collection.

Harry Canham, soldier with the Kings Own Border Regiment Credit: ITV Border

"He's telling his family when he is embarking from Southampton on his way he drops off at Alexandria for refuelling, re-provision of the shop and onwards through the Suez Canal to the Far East. So it is just mundane stuff but of vital importance in these years of commemoration of the First World War."

– Tony Goddard, Curator of The Military Museum of Life
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