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Thousands expected at Westmorland Show

Preparations are well underway. Credit: ITV Border

Marquees and show rings have been popping up in fields near Kendal, as Cumbria's biggest agricultural show gets underway.

Organisers are expecting around 30,000 people to turn up to this year's Westmorland County Show, at Crooklands.

They're asking people to help ease traffic by following the signs.

From the North down the M6 exit at J36, if you're coming up the M6 please exit at J35, coming from Kendal please come through past the hospital and come through Endmoor.

Coming from the Furness peninsula please come through Levens Bridge, turn right and come through Milnthorpe."

– Christine Knipe, Westmorland County Show

Councillors to get 1% allowances increase

Cumbria County Council Credit: ITV Border

Councillors at Cumbria County Council are to get a one percent increase in their allowances.

It was agreed at a council meeting today, and has now come into force.

The Independent Remuneration Panel recommended a significantly higher increase - of 2.2 percent.

The council expects to have to save £55 million by 2019.

Although I welcome the panel’s recommendations and recognise the hard work that they have done, we are in unprecedented financial times.

The challenges we are facing ahead will be very difficult and we will have no choice but to make difficult decisions. With this in mind we felt it was not appropriate that we agreed to take a 2.2% pay rise, especially when in real terms the rate of pay for our staff has gone down despite a national pay increase received by our staff last year.

With this in mind we felt that the only reasonable increase that we could and would consider, would be 1%. I feel that this acknowledges the hard work and commitment of our members, but also recognises the current financial climate within which we find ourselves operating.”

– Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council

Our report was underpinned by research and consultation with the public, via the local media, questionnaires and using channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

We were particularly impressed with the feedback from the Cumbria Youth Council. We believe that a modest increase in allowances is appropriate even in the challenging financial climate locally and nationally.

Whilst the council didn’t accept our recommendation of 2.2% the Panel feels that the 1% does go some way to recognise the hard work and commitment of the council’s members."

– John Lyons, Chairman of the Independent Remuneration Panel


Beacon expansion 'will benefit community'

The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The £1.4 million expansion of the Beacon Museum begins today, and Copeland's mayor says it'll be a big asset to the wider community:

It has been an honour to break ground to herald the start of this major project which will bring a much needed conference facility to the centre of Whitehaven.

The expansion brings great, new opportunities to Copeland, to host exhibitions and events which previously would not have been able to come to this part of the North West. It will be an asset to business, the arts and education which will benefit the wider community.

The development will also support the Beacon Museum to achieve the business goal of self-sustainable, through increasing the opportunities for commercialisation - creating the revenue to sustain this important building, archive and museum service.

The new development will offer more prestigious, significant and diverse exhibitions which will attract more visitors to Copeland, helping to further boost the local economy.”

– Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie

Beacon Museum's £1.4m expansion begins

The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The expansion of the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven begins today.

The £1.4 million project is expected to expand the museum's display space, and see the building of a new conference centre.

An impression of the new development. Credit: Copeland Borough Council

In 2012 the museum was threatened with closure - until nuclear company Sellafield Ltd took joint ownership of it with Copeland Borough Council.


Things you didn't know about the Borders Railway

The Borders Railway has now opened to the public, but how much do you know about the track?

Here's some fun facts:

  • 30 miles - the length of the new stretch of track
  • £300 million - the cost to build it
  • 1,100 workers - have been building it over the last year
  • 132 bridges - that had to be refurbished or built
  • 804,000 tonnes of earth - had to be shifted
  • 25.4km of drains - were installed
  • 25,000 bacon rolls - were eaten by workers

And the one figure that finally stopped increasing last weekend..?

It's been 46 years and eight months since the Waverley Line last carried passengers.

I am the Train: singer serenades Borders Railway

Scottish Borders singer George Inglis has released a special song serenading the new Borders Railway:

The £300m Borders Railway opens to the public on Sunday, and will be officially opened by the Queen next Wednesday.

  • To comment on the song, you can visit our Facebook page
  • If you want to attend the official opening, you can find times here

Model railway: sneak preview of the Borders Railway

Anna Freemantle at the train. Credit: ITV Border

Supermodel Anna Freemantle has been checking out the brand new Borders Railway, which opens to the public on Sunday.

This train, at Waverley Station, is on its way to the Borders right now.

We'll give you a glimpse of the first trip on Lookaround at 6pm, and on our website throughout the day.

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