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Fish producer 'vulnerable' due to Calais crisis

Lorries parked as part of Operation Stack on the M20 southbound (left hand side) near Ashford, Kent Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Managing Director of a Seafood producer in the Scottish Borders says they've been left vulnerable by travel problems around the Channel Tunnel.

James Cook from Eyemouth based DR Collin and Sons says the company has been badly affected as their produce is not getting to customers on time.

Some of his drivers have spent hours waiting in traffic to get to Calais.

We sell high value premium quality, and we are finding it’s missing markets, customers are walking away from orders, cutting orders, leaving us with the product, so we are then having to discount quite heavily just to find a sale, otherwise we would have to pay just to have the product removed and destroyed so we are in very exposed and tenuous position here and we feel very vulnerable to all the problems that are being inflicted upon us."

– James Cook, Managing Director, DR Collin and Sons

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Whitehaven schools' £33 million funding boost

Work on the £33m development should begin next year. Credit: ITV Border

A £33 million funding package for an education campus and community sports facilities in Whitehaven has now been agreed.

The development will be built on the current site of St Benedict's High School, and construction could start as early as next year.

The facilities will be used by St Benedict's, as well as Mayfield Special School, and the sports facilities will be accessible to the whole community.

This has been a passion of mine for a decade now. The work has been painstaking and at times gruelling but this shows what can be achieved when we all share a common vision.

These investments will be transformative for Whitehaven and for thousands of young people and their families now and in the future. It’s an enormous step forward. New schools, a new hospital, new nuclear investments. We’re building a new and exciting future and our best days are ahead of us."

– Jamie Reed MP

Barclays customer 'disgusted' by Alston bank closure

Barclays customers in Alston are criticising the bank's decision to close the local branch.

It means the Cumbrian town will be without a bank from December. HSBC pulled out less than two months ago.

Alston isn't the only rural location to lose its bank. Over the past year alone we have reported on a number of other rural bank closures in Cumbria.

But residents in Alston say this closure will really affect their daily lives, as Katie Hunter reports.

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Rain can't keep Lake District visitors away

A rainy day in Kendal. Credit: ITV News

Tourism bosses say business is booming in the Lake District, despite this year's summer being disturbed by heavy rainfall.

According to Cumbria Tourism the number of visitors to the area in the first five months of 2015 is up by between four and eight percent, compared to the same time last year.

In the first five months of this year we're seeing between four and eight percent increase in visitor numbers, and occupancy in hotels, at caravan sites and self-catering accommodation.

So the weather doesn't seem to be affecting us at all."

– Richard Greenwood, Cumbria Tourism

Australian businessman buys Bladnoch Distillery

Bladnoch Distillery in Galloway is to reopen and restart production after being purchased by Australian businessman, David Prior.

The investment means whisky production will resume at the new firm, Bladnoch Distillery Limited, after being halted six years ago.

Existing staff will continue in their jobs with new jobs being created.

The firm says substantial investment needs to be made to the facilities before production can continue.

“I am delighted to have been able to purchase a Scotch Whisky distillery of such renown as Bladnoch. Scotch Whisky is the world’s foremost spirit drink and I am proud to be part of the Scotch Whisky industry.”

– David Prior, Australian entrepreneur

“It is wonderful to see one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries revived. I’m excited to be on the team which will breathe new life into Bladnoch and provide a stimulus for the local economy.”

– Gavin Hewitt, former chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association
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