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WATCH: The Big Sing comes to Cumbria

Singing is gaining in popularity these days - with programmes like ITV's The Voice and The Voice Kids inspiring people of all ages.

And in our region, hundreds of schoolchildren from Cumbria and North Yorkshire have been learning to sing with one of the best conductors in the business.

David Lawrence usually leads huge choirs of young people but he was invited to conduct the Big Sing at a school near Kirkby Lonsdale:

Civil War of 1645 recreated in the Borders

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Thirlestane Castle in Lauder turned back time this weekend to 1645, to re-enact the Civil War.

The battle depicts a similar skirmish that happened near Selkirk in the 17th century.

Soldiers, muskets, pikes and drums came to life in drill displays.

There's a lot of fun, around, it's like being a big kid, so you get to do lots of fun things, but the serious angle is that people understand their own heritage, their own history, their own culture and perhaps, dispel a few myths about how people were."

– Richard Boyce, Sealed Knots Society

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WATCH: Timelapse video of Dumfries General Election count

This time last week, on Thursday 8 June, 32 million people casted their votes in the country's snap general election, which led to unforeseeable results.

ITV Border reported live from a number of locations bringing you breaking news and reactions over night from the voting counts.

Here is a timelapse of the overnight count at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries, where Alister Jack was declared the new Conservative Party MP for Dumfries and Galloway, while David Mundell was declared the returning Conservative Party MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale and more recently, the continuing Secretary of State for Scotland:

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