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Carlisle attempt pom-pom world record

Knitted pom poms. Credit: Eden Valley Hospice

Thousands of woollen pom poms and one world record!

Tonight, as part of Eden Valley Hospice’s 25th Anniversary this year, an attempt will be made to break a world record.

Staff and volunteers will collect thousands of woollen pom poms to try and break the current world record at the Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle.

world record for longest line of pom poms.

All year, the hospice has been encouraging people to make a pom pom and send it to them.

Primark opening date announced for Carlisle store

Primark will open in October. Credit: PA

Retail giant Primark has announced the opening date for its new Carlisle store.

The budget clothes shop will open its doors to the public on Thursday, 6 October, in the Lanes Shopping Centre.

It'll be based in the building that used to be occupied by BHS, and is expected to create 144 jobs in the city.


Opening of new Workington leisure centre delayed

ITV Border had an exclusive look inside the new leisure centre. Credit: ITV Border

The opening of a new £11 million leisure centre in Workington has been delayed.

The state-of-the-art facility at Brow Top in the town centre had been due to open to the public at 10am on Saturday 3 September.

However, due to "a small number of snagging and technical issues" relating to facilities including the learner pool, the opening date has been delayed.

It is a blow for this to happen so close to the centre's opening date. However we have said all along that we want to provide the best facilities for the people of Allerdale and we want a little more time to get things sorted.

This is a very complex and technical building and our most important priority is quality - we want to get this right first time and get the very best value for money.

– Alan Smith, Leader of the Council

Give your views on Borders buses

Credit: ITV Border

Bus passengers in the Borders are being asked for their views on services in the region and how they could be improved.

Bus Users Scotland is holding a 'Your Bus Matters' event in Peebles between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday (6 September).

It takes place at Burgh Hall on the High Street and will gather feedback from local passengers about both commercial and subsidised bus services in the area.

Transport summit being held in Dumfries

The region's roads were slammed in an Audit Scotland report Credit: ITV Border

Transport concerns in Dumfries and Galloway will be discussed at a summit today.

A report by Audit Scotland last week, found that only 50% of roads in the region were in an acceptable condition.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said it was investing millions into repairing the roads across the county.


HSBC to close Windermere branch

HSBC will close its Windermere branch. Credit: PA

Banking giant HSBC has announced it will close its Windermere branch.

The doors will shut on 21 October with the bank claiming it is not commercially viable for it to stay open.

Customers will now have to travel to Kendal for the nearest branch, a journey of around 20 minutes by car.

Local MP Tim Farron has urged HSBC to reconsider the planned closure.

When HSBC’s Ambleside branch closed in 2012, we were told customers would be moved to Windermere. Now they will be shunted all the way to Kendal. Elderly residents want to be able to nip in to their local branch, not spend hours on the bus simply to access their savings.

Banks must consider the needs of the local community before cutting ties with the areas they are supposed to serve.

– Tim Farron MP
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