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Llama launch for charity Christmas cards

Two llamas were invited. Credit: ITV Border

Tourist Information Centres in Cumbria have chosen an unusual way to launch their charity Christmas cards... by dressing up llamas.

Llamas Bilby and Rico were given reindeer-like reigns and accompanied by Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas at the Llama Karma Kafe in Penrith.

The Christmas cards are supplied by Cards for Good Causes, and 70p from every one pound goes directly to charity.

The unique partnership between Card for Good Causes and Eden District has been running for over 11 years.

We are delighted that TICs around the District continue to run this unique service as it allows local residents and visitors the opportunity not only to send season's greetings to friends and family but also financially support charities who work around the UK. For every pound spent, 70p goes directly to charity."

– Charlie Thornton, Tourism Development Officer at Eden Tourism


Cumbria Authorities issue fire warning over children's Halloween costume safety fears

Children going 'trick-or-treating' Credit: PA

Cumbria Trading Standards and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service have issued a fire safety warning for children's Halloween costumes.

The advice follows last year's terrible accident involving TV presenter Claudia Winkleman's daughter who received severe burns when the costume she was wearing caught fire after touching an open flame.

Claudia Winkleman's daughter was badly burned when her Halloween costume caught fire Credit: PA

Cumbria County Council were also keen to point out that because children's costumes are classed as toys, and not clothes, they don't have to pass the same stringent fire safety tests:

Hallowe'en costumes are classed as toys which means they are not required by law to be as fire retardant as normal children's clothes. Parents and carers should be aware of this and take precautions, for example ensure children are wearing clothes under the costume.

– Steve Healey, Cumbria County Council assistant chief fire officer

Watch: Both sides of the Border share their views on the 5p carrier bag charge

The law has changed so that now supermarkets must charge 5p for all plastic carrier bags, to try to cut the number of plastic bags going to landfill sites.

It'll bring England into line with Scotland, as supermarkets north of the border have been charging for plastic bags for the last year.

We've been out speaking to shoppers on both sides of the border about what they think about having to pay for a plastic bag:

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