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Borders folk guitarist dies

John Renbourn Credit: Dave Smith

Borders based folk guitarist John Renbourn has died aged seventy.

Renbourn teamed up with fellow guitarist Bert Jansch to form influential folk band Pentangle in the late 1960s before going on to enjoy a successful solo recording and performing career.

The musician was found at his Hawick home on Thursday after a suspected heart attack.

He's survived by two sons and a daughter.


Rugby World Cup trophy tour route announced

The Web Ellis Cup. Credit: PA

The route for the official Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has been announced, and the trophy will pass through both Cumbria and the Scottish Borders:

  • Scottish Borders: 11 June - Jed Forest RFC
  • Cumbria: 29 July - Scafell Pike and Workington RFC

With just under six months to go, the locations for Official Fanzones have also been announced, where fans can enjoy the build up to matches and watch them on the big screen.

The nearest Fanzones for people in the Border region are:

  • Manchester, Albert Square - capacity 8,000
  • Newcastle, Science Central - capacity 10,000


Graduate wins international film festival prize

The film follows a young Nepalese boy's impressions of the UK. Credit: Laxcha Bantawa

A University of Cumbria graduate is quickly making a name for herself in the film industry.

Laxcha Bantawa's documentary has just won the top prize at the Katmandu International Mountain Film Festival.

It explores a young Nepalese boy's candid impressions of the UK:

New exhibition to open at Coldstream Museum

Squarescapes, by Rich Johnson Credit: Rich Johnson

The first exhibition of the year is set to open at Coldstream Museum, showing the work of a local artist.

Rich Johnson's exhibition is called Squarescapes, and features landscapes inspired by his surroundings:

“My art is influenced by the landscape of the area - woods, fields and streams – and playing, walking and exploring them.

“It had a profound influence on me and I keep coming back to these themes in my work. I'm interested in borders generally - where trees meet fields, where the horizon meets the sky and of course where the land meets the sea.

"Squarescapes started life as small eight-inch square canvasses, little snapshots of landscape as glimpsed and remembered while travelling around the Borders, but they gradually grew larger.”

– Rich Johnson, artist

Squarescapes opens on Monday 30 March until Sunday 31 May.

The exhibition will be open 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and 2pm to 4pm on Sundays.

Cumbrian artist captures boxing legends

Kevin painted this representation in 1987. Credit: Kevin Carr

Sugar Ray Leonard has been in Carlisle to inspire youngsters, and this painting from Cumbrian artist Kevin Carr shows he's got plenty of fans.

Kevin met the boxing legend back in 1987, at Whitehaven golf club.

In the same year he also painted another boxer, Marvin Hagler, for Cleator Moor boxing club.

Marvin Hagler. Credit: Kevin Carr

Sugar Ray Leonard: 'Mayweather has the edge'

Here's a taster of the second part of our exclusive interview with Sugar Ray Leonard.

On Lookaround tonight he'll look back on his amazing career as a champion at five weights.

And we'll hear his thoughts on the sport today, including the upcoming superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

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