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Showing racism the 'red card'

Former Carlisle United player Gary Bennett has returned to his old club but with a very different role.

Now a director of the charity, Show Racism the Red Card, he held a series of workshops for local schoolchildren at Brunton Park.

As Paul Crone reports, the footballer turned ambassador has experienced racism both on and off the pitch.

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Children taught to show racism 'the red card'

Former professional footballer Gary Bennett arrived with the Show Racism the Red Card roadshow helping schoolchildren from Carlisle learn about racism. Credit: ITV Border

Former professional footballer Gary Bennett arrived with the Show Racism the Red Card roadshow helping schoolchildren from Carlisle learn about racism.

The schoolchildren attended a series of workshops at Brunton Park.

You can find out more about the campaign by logging onto http://www.srtrc.org

First Minister unveils new textile training centre

First minister meets apprentices and mentors. Credit: ITV Border

The First Minister has unveiled a new textile training centre in the Scottish Borders.

Six young apprentices beat off competition from more than 40 applicants to earn a place at Johnstons of Elgin in Hawick.

Alex Salmond was taking part in his third last public engagement as First Minister.

"It's such a pleasure to be at the opening of this fantastic new training centre in Hawick. It's important to keep hold of local talent and use these skills which have been passed on for generations. The textile industry in the Borders has been through a rough time, but is now in safe hands and there's a bright future ahead."

– First Minister Alex Salmond

Mr Salmond toured the mill and met with workers and apprentices.

Campaign to highlight lower drink drive limit

The campaign has launched this week, which is also Road Safety week. Credit: PA

A campaign to make people in Scotland aware of the new lower drink drive limit has launched at the start of Road Safety week (17th- 23rd November).

The Scottish Parliament will vote tomorrow on an order which will bring the reduced limit into effect on December 5th.

This would lower the blood alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

The campaign will involve adverts, a social media campaign, using electronic road signs and partnering with key motoring organisations, service stations and tourism organisations.

Watch: Committee backs drink drive change in Scotland

“We are doing everything we can to make sure everyone is informed about the new lower level.

A persistent minority of people are still getting behind the wheel after drinking – that is unacceptable, it is putting lives at risk and it must stop. Our advice is simple, the best approach is to have no alcohol at all. Alcohol at any level impairs driving."

– Kenny MacAskill, Justice Secretary

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Nursing scheme takes on 25 cadets

Nursing cadet schemes were popular in the 60s and 70s but were eventually scrapped in favour of other training.

But now they're back. The Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has taken on 25 cadets. It's hoped after a two year course they'll go onto university to study nursing and then stay in Cumbria once they are fully qualified. Katie Hunter reports:

Primary school pupils sleep rough for charity

Pupils at Hayton Primary School prepare for their night of sleeping rough at their school to get a taste of what it's like to be homeless. Credit: ITV Border

Pupils at Hayton Primary School in Cumbria are preparing for their night of sleeping rough to get a taste of what it's like to be homeless.

Year 6 pupils will sleep in the school hall in sleeping bags and will raise money for the charity Nightstop Cumbria.

To make the experience as real as possible the school heating will be turned off. Cardboard boxes will be supplied to use for bedding and bread and water will be available.

ITV reporter Paul Crone met the pupils preparing to sleep rough in the school hall. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria school hosts awards evening

Local actress Emma Rydal was a guest speaker at the event. Credit: Sam French
Local actress Emma Rydal with MP Jamie Reed. Credit: Sam French

A formal awards evening has been held at a school in Cumbria to celebrate individual achievements and the school’s 'best ever examination results'.

Past and present students, their families, staff and school governors joined at St Benedict's Catholic High School near Whitehaven last night (13th November).

Guest speakers included MP Jamie Reed, who presented students with their GCSE examination certificates, and local actress Emma Rydal who won a BAFTA for her role as Stella in East is East.

Alongside thanks of support the Executive Headteacher, Ian Smith, said '“not only are these the school’s best ever results, but in the Cumbrian context, they place the outcomes amongst the highest in the county”.

“Results day was surreal! There was an immense feeling of achievement for everyone. It really made me realise how great the school has become. I felt proud to be a student at St Benedict’s. I can only thank the teachers for all their support."

– Chloe Burns, fellow student at the school.
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