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Cumbrian students join National Youth Parliament

Young people in Cumbria are getting ready to vote for who they want to represent them in the National Youth Parliament.

It's the first time Cumbria will put forward three people to represent the county in the group lobbying government on policies that affect children.

Two of the candidates hoping to represent West Cumbria come from St Benedict's School in Whitehaven, where Anna Blaine is a teacher.

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School pupils re-enact WW1 Christmas truce

Pupils have been studying the the Christmas truce. Credit: ITV Border News

Pupils from Beaconside C of E Primary School in Penrith joined forces with their rivals from North Lakes Junior School to re-enact the famous WW1 football match in 1914.

Pupils played alongside each other and are currently studying the Christmas truce which took place on the 25th December 1914

Pupils from Beaconside C of E Primary School in Penrith Credit: ITV Border News

The Gritter Spitter: naming Gritters helps children respect road safety

Gritters in the Scottish Borders have been given special names in time for winter.

The Gritter Spitter 3000 is one name given to a vehicle by Kamal Aziz, a pupil at Selkirk's Philiphaugh Primary School.

Nine gritters have been named by children across the Borders in a competition by Scottish Borders Council, as they prepare for winter.

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Stranraer children design poppies

Schoolchildren in Stranraer have built a memorial to the men who fell in the first and second world wars.

Each tile commemorates someone who fought in both world wars who are connected to the children at this school.

The pupils of Sheuchan primary have all designed their own poppy, which includes the name of their family members who died in conflicts.

They've created the memorial during the centenary year of the first world war to ensure they remember the lives of all those who died for their country.

Through their world war one project, they have also been learning all about life in the trenches and how the families left behind coped with their loss.

School children name Border gritters

One of the gritters named by school children Credit: ITV News Border

Gritters in the Scottish Borders have been given special names in time for winter.

The Gritter Spitter 3000 is one name given to a vehicle by a pupil at Selkirk's Philiphaugh Primary School.

Nine gritters have been named by children across the Borders in a competition by Scottish Borders Council, as they prepare for winter.

"I came up with the gritter spitter because it rhymed, and I think it just sounded cool."

– Kamal Aziz, Competition winner

"We though that to name a gritter it would allow the children to think about how they are getting ready for winter, what they should be doing, wearing high vis, fluorescent clothes, keeping warm, and also how they have to think about other road users, cyclists and other drivers as well."

– Karen McGrath, Scottish Borders Council

Dumfries Employment Centre opens

This sign on the wall declares the centre's mission Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries and Galloway council has opened a new centre for employment in Dumfries, in a bid to bring down higher-than-average youth unemployment in the area.

The "Total access point", or TAP centre, is based on Nith Place and is specifically aimed at supporting businesses and young people.

It's hoped this one-stop-shop will mean people can access a wide range of services, from all sectors of the employment industry and the industry can see the talent available to fill their vacancies.

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