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Cumbrian school transforms into Hogwarts

One teacher dressed up as Voldemort. Credit: West Lakes Academy
The children learned how to brew potions. Credit: West Lakes Academy

A school in Egremont was magically transformed today... for Harry Potter Day.

West Lakes Academy was decorated to look like Hogwarts, and children and staff dressed up as their 'wizarding' heroes.

The celebrations began with students receiving their Hogwarts acceptance letters and being sorted into their houses; Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Hufflepuff.

Their lessons were then transformed, with sessions on fantastic beasts and where to find them, and potion-brewing.

As a reading school, we want to foster a love for reading in all our pupils and we thought that using the modern classic series of Harry Potter books would be the perfect way to do that.

– English teacher, Carly Macleod

Iconic Windermere steamer gets makeover

MV Teal on Windermere. Credit: Windermere Lake Cruises

One of the Lake District's most recognisable vessels is getting a special winter makeover.

MV Teal was originally launched in 1936 to carry more than 530 passengers and has twice welcomed Her Majesty the Queen on board.

Now, as part of Windermere Lake Cruises' annual winter maintenance programme, the boat is getting a brand new generator engine, a new front deck and a refurbished bridge.

One of the traditional wooden launches ‘Queen of the Lake’, and a modern waterbus ‘Cumbria III’, will also be having work done.

The majority of the work is being carried out by full-time staff from Windermere Lake Cruises.


Sir Chris Hoy rescued by gritter after hitting snow bank

Track cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy was rescued by one of Dumfries and Galloway Council's gritters today.

His car hit black ice and swerved off the road into a snow bank.

Gritter driver, Stevie, picked up the 11-time World Champion track cyclist from the side of Greenhill Stairs, near Moffat:

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