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KAPOW... A comic knockout in Kendal

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.

Batman flag raised over Kendal for Comic Festival

Comic Arts Festival starts today Credit: ITV News Border

Now in its second year, Kendal's become the place to be for comic artists.

It's the only one of its kind in England so it draws thousands of people from all over the country - and the world - to the Lake District town at a time of year when the tourism season needs a boost.

Most B&Bs have been booked out for months and shop owners have been busy inviting artists to dress their windows as pop-up art galleries.

There are installations and talks all around town, with a Tardis in the library and a batcave in Ruskins bar. The Town Hall's flag has been replaced with a Batman flag.

Batman flag raised Credit: ITV News Border


Video for 'most relaxing song ever' filmed in Blencathra

Music video for Weightless by Marconi Union Credit: Just Music/Marconi Union

A song described as the 'most relaxing ever' by a team of British scientists now has a video to match.

It's been produced by Penrith videographer Richie Johnston, who flew a drone with lights attached over Scales Tarn on Blencathra.

Weightless, the song by Marconi Union, was played to women in the UK who were completing stressful tasks. It was found to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and decrease cortisol levels.

The video on the Just Music website already has more than 250,000 views.

Celebrations for Cumbrian festival

The music festival has been running since 2006 Credit: ITV Border

A Cumbrian music festival has been nominated for four UK Festival Awards.

Kendal Calling, which takes place in August, made the shortlist for Best Medium Sized Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Headline Performance.

It's also a front runner in the Best Toilets category.

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