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Detailing the life of a 'Cracker Packer'

The term 'cracker packer' will be familiar to anyone who grew up in Carlisle. It is the name long given in the city to workers at Carrs Biscuit factory.

A new book by Cumbrian author Hunter Davies explores the lives of six women who spent their lives on the production lines over a period of fifty years. Ryan Dollard reports.


Completely crackers: New book tells of 'Biscuit Girls'

A new book has been released chronicling the lives of women working in one of Carlisle's most famous businesses for over fifty years.

"The Biscuit Girls" by Cumbrian author Hunter Davies tells the stories of six so called cracker packers working in the Carrs Biscuit factory:

Ivy Graham Former biscuit worker

Calvin Harris reaches one billion plays on Spotify

Calvin and Coldplay are the only British acts to achieve 1bn plays Credit: PA

Dumfries DJ and producer Calvin Harris has become the first UK solo act notch up more than one billion plays worldwide on music streaming service Spotify - the equivalent of over 5,000 continuous years of his music being played.

He has become one of only a few global music acts to achieve the milestone, and joins the only other Brit artists to do so, Coldplay.

Harris's hit Summer is the most popular track on the service and has now been streamed more than 160 million times.

He is the eighth act to break through the billion barrier and joins the likes of Eminem, Rihanna, David Guetta and Katy Perry.

"This is a landmark achievement for Calvin and deserved recognition that he is in the elite tier of global artists."

– Mark Terry, Co-president, Columbia Records UK


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Windermere fly past

Windermere set for Lancaster Bombers

The Lancaster Bombers were used in the WWII Dam Busters Raid Credit: RAF Museum

The last 2 remaining Lancaster Bombers from the Dam Busters raid in WWII are flying past Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre in Windermere on what would have been the last pilot's 100th birthday.

Archie Johnstone from Grange-over-sands died in April.

Archie Johnstone, the last Dam Buster Credit: RAF Museum

Festival fever at Silloth

This weekend an expected 5000 people will head to Silloth for its annual Music and Beer festival.

It's celebrating it's 14th year with live music acts throughtout the day until late. There are over 100 different types of beer and cider from across the UK on tap.

Children are also welcome with a kids zone marquee available.

Acts include The Quireboys, a Jam tribute band and a chance to sing along with a live band during a 'Rockaoke' session.

Collabro beat Ed Sheeran to number 1 spot

(Left to right) Richard Hadfield, Michael Auger, Matt Pagan, Thomas Redgrave and Jamie Lambert of Collabro Credit: PA

BGT winners Collabro have reached the number one spot, in the Official Album's Chart, with their debut album 'Stars'.

They have overtaken Ed Sheeran's album 'X' which had been number one for eight weeks.

Collabro released their album on August 18th. They won Britain's Got Talent in June after what one of the judges called a 'perfect performance'.

Read: Collabro launch debut album in Carlisle

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