Fiona Gibson from Heads Nook near Carlisle was blown away when she heard a busker singing in London.
She invited him to perform in her village hall, little knowing that he was about to be signed up by an American record company.
Kim Inglis takes up the story.
Around one hundred competitors took part in the Scottish Conkers Championships in Peebles on Saturday (25 October).
Entrants came from all over the UK to compete and try to win the crown of conkers champion.
One of the highlights was the 'Rogues' competition, where competitors are allowed to prepare their conkers using any method they like to try and make it the hardest of all.
This year's winner was Jamie Craigen from Stirling, who explained the secret behind his winning conker.
"You've got to have a good conker to start with, but i varnished mine for a good few days before the competition and it's worked out pretty well."
The event is now in it's eighth year and was part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival.
The town's Tweed Green was full of wood craftsmen giving demonstrations and showcasing their carving skills.
The Scottish Labour Party have agreed a timetable for electing its new leader following the resignation of Johann Lamont.
- Leadership candidates can declare their candidacy from October 27
- MPs, MSPs and MEPs nominations will open on October 31
- These nominations close on November 4
- The ballot commences on November 17
- The new leader will be announced on December 13
Carlisle is being treated to a one night spectacular of a Shakespeare play that's been wowing audiences in London.
Local lad and University of Cumbria graduate James Clifford has brought his off west end production of the Taming of the Shrew to the Brampton Road campus.
Kim Inglis has been to see him.
It's been described as the trip of a lifetime for children with serious illnesses and disabilities.
Every year, the charity Dreamflight takes nearly 200 8-14 year-olds to Orlando in Florida, where they'll visit theme parks, meet Mickey Mouse and other characters, and even go swimming with dolphins.
A number of children from our region are on the trip.
They flew out at the weekend, and our reporter Lauren Hall was there to wave them off.
Tim Backshall went along to National Dialect Day to hear what they had to say.
Dialect speakers from around the country have been in the Lake District to celebrate the diversity of the English language.Read the full story ›
For the first time the annual celebrations to mark National Dialect Day were held in Cumbria, attracting people from all over the country.
The event has been running for six years. It was hosted this year by the Lakeland Dialect Society.
Some of the biggest names in comic books will be in the Lake District this weekend, as Kendal hosts the second International Comic Art Festival.
From the town hall to the library, shop windows and pubs, much of the town's joining in with the festival and that's proving a big boost to Kendal's economy.
Fiona Marley Paterson has more.
Kendal is all dressed up in Batman and Doctor Who and ready to host the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.Read the full story ›