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Beauty of the Lake District hits the big screen

Swallows & Amazons Credit: PA

The beauty of the Lake District hits the big screen today with the nationwide release of the new Swallows and Amazons adaptation.

Much of the filming took place around Derwentwater and Coniston.

It's based on Arthur Ransome's novel, first published in 1930, which tells the story of two families and their adventures in the Lake District.

The movie had its world premiere in Keswick last month.

Sanquhar is alive to the sound of hooves!

Sanquhar Riding of the Marches. Credit: ITV News
The riders march through the town. Credit: ITV News.

A Dumfriesshire town came alive today to the sounds of hooves and cheers.

The annual Riding of the Marches in Sanquhar marks the end of the ride out season in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

The Marches or boundaries of Sanquhar have been ridden since the town was created a Royal Burgh.

Each year in August horsemen and horsewomen Ride the Marches to ensure that the landmarks, cairns and other features have not been removed or tampered with.

Today the population of the small town doubled as thousands of people joined in the tradition.

Thousands cheer on the riders. Credit: ITV News

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World premiere on a Keswick stage

Film stars including Kelly MacDonald and Jessica Hynes were in the Lake District last night for the world premiere of Swallows and Amazons.

They were back on the shores of Derwent water in Keswick, where some of the movie was filmed.

It's based on Arthur Ransome's book which tells the tale of four children who camp on an island in the middle of a Lake.

Katie Hunter was beside the red carpet:

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Actress Kelly Macdonald will 'always remember' her time in Cumbria

Kelly Macdonald, who's starred in Harry Potter and Boardwalk Empire, admits that during her time in Cumbria she experienced "typical British weather".

The actress stars as Mrs Walker in the new BBC adaptation of the well loved children's series, "Swallows & Amazons", which is based on Arthur Ransome's summers in Keswick.

Despite the rainy weather, it didn't dampen Kelly's spirits who says her experience on set "was just something I'll always remember".

Buy your own piece of Border TV History

Border Television TV Guide from 1961 Credit: H&H Auction Rooms

A Border Television TV Guide from 1961 is to be auctioned in Carlisle today.

The small piece of Border TV history was found in a house clearance where it had been hidden in a box for more than 50 years.

The September 1st edition transports us back to a time a few years before colour TV would have been in many homes.

It features programmes including Wrestling with Big Daddy, Western TV series Cheyanne, The Avengers and of course Coronation Street.

Experts say they have no idea how much the guide, which will be auctioned at H&H Auction Room, will be sold for.

This is a fantastic step back in time, and a great reminder of the of the TV programmes, which were popular over 50 years ago, most of which are well remembered and some of which are still with us today.

This quite literally is a magazine, which is synonymous with the 1960s, and I know it will bring back some very fond reminders and happy memories for many people.

– Stephen Farthing, H&H Auction Room Manager
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