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Bitts Park play area officially reopens today

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Bitts Park play area in Carlisle officially reopens today, after it was seriously damaged in last year's floods.

The park was eight feet under water following Storm Desmond in December.

£200k
has been spent on a facelift for the popular play area in Carlisle.

All of the equipment was lost, and we needed to get that play area up and running. Bitts Park is our main destination park, we wanted to make it bigger and better. We wanted to make it resilient and fun for young people."

– Councillor Colin Glover, Leader at Carlisle City Council

Naked calendar to raise money for mountain rescuers

The team reveal all in a naked calendar. Credit: Penrith Mountain Rescue Team

Mountain rescue teams usually advise people to dress appropriately and according to the conditions... but one Cumbrian group has chosen to bare all to raise funds.

The Penrith team covers the largest area of all of the Lake District mountain rescue teams, and has already been involved in 46 rescues this year.

The service is provided by unpaid volunteers, but they need money to pay for equipment, including the vehicles they use.

Team members have created a naked calendar in a bid to generate funds, and interest in their work.

The calendars are being sold in GO Outdoors and Booths in Penrith, and Eden Rock in Carlisle.

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Galloway's happy bird man wins RSPB award

Brian Nolan dressed up as a bird. Credit: ITV Border

An RSPB volunteer from New Galloway has been recognised for his efforts by the charity.

Brian Nolan, 72, is known for fundraising by dressing up as a giant bird, as ITV Border's Matthew Taylor found out when he went to meet him.

He was named one of the happiest people in the UK last year, and has now been presented with the RSPB’s President’s Award for his services.

Just six out of 12,000 volunteers receive the annual honour, which recognises the amount of work they put in.

Melrose hotel claims top title in the Good Pub Guide

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The Good Pub Guide top title has been won for the fourth time in five years by Burt's Hotel in Melrose.

The family-run business is named as the best in Scotland for pub food and is one of three Borders establishments to be included in the guide.

Chef Trevor Williams says it's good for Melrose and the surrounding area:

It's a great achievement, very happy and proud of it. With the staffing issues with catering in chefs, it's very hard to get and I was quite shocked to get it three years in a row. It's very good for Melrose and it's good for business."

– Trevor Williams, Chef at Burt's Hotel
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