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Fire and Rescue Service warns Cumbrians to stay safe around open water

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People in Cumbria are being warned to stay safe in or around open water.

The county's Fire and Rescue Service is raising awareness about the dangers of swimming in Cumbria's lakes, rivers, and tarns ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

More than 300 people drowned in the UK in 2014, meaning drowning was one of the country's leading causes of accidental death.


Campaigners take to the Lakeland hills in protest of pylons

Controversial plans to put 20 miles of pylons across parts of the Lake District National Park in West Cumbria have come under fire, as campaigners took their banners up Black Combe in the Duddon Valley.

The pylons would carry electricity from a new power station near Sellafield. The National Grid is still deciding whether it can afford to put some of the cables underground. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

Fairytale castle in the Borders to reopen next month

Thirlestane Castle. Credit: ITV News

Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders is reopening its doors.

Restoration work, which began in 2013 on the discovery of an outbreak of dry rot, is continuing but almost all of the public areas of the historic Borders castle are back to their best.

A wall affected by dry rot in 2013. Credit: ITV News

The castle near Lauder, which is still home to the Maitland family, will reopen on May 3rd.


Wedding bells for famous local mountaineer

Sir Chris Bonington to marry today. Credit: ITV

It's reported that legendary mountain climber Sir Chris Bonington is getting married today.

The 81 year old mountaineer, who lives near Caldbeck, is believed to be marrying Loreto McNaught-Davis in a London ceremony.

Around 60 family members and friends of the couple are due to attend the church service.

The marriage comes almost two years since Sir Chris’s wife Wendy died from motor neurone disease in July 2014

30,000 passengers have used the A591 temporary bus service

The A591 temporary bus service Credit: ITV Border

More than 30,000 passenger have used the A591 temporary bus service, according to bus company Stagecoach.

The route effectively links the north and south of the Lake District.

A section of the A591, between Keswick and Grasmere, was destroyed by Storm Desmond in December and is closed to general traffic.

The A591 was badly damaged during December's Storm Desmond, but the replacement bus service began in February.

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