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Hours to go until Wickerman Festival kicks off

The thirteenth Wickerman Festival kicks off today at Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright.

Around 12,000 people are expected at the event over the weekend.

This year's Wickerman Festival gets underway today
This year's Wickerman Festival gets underway today Credit: ITV Border

Dizzee Rascal and Scottish band Del Amitri are this year's headliners.

The festival finishes with the Wickerman going up in flames on Saturday night.

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Longtown actor receives honorary degree

Longtown's Simon Greenall collects his honorary fellowship of the University of Cumbria this afternoon.

'I'm Alan Partridge' actor Simon Greenall
Actor Simon Greenall, originally from Longtown, is back in Cumbria today Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Simon has enjoyed a career as an actor, producer, writer and voice over artist.

He is best known to the public for his role as Michael in the TV show 'I'm Alan Partridge' and as the voice of the meerkat Alexandr Orlov in the popular television adverts.

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Carlisle is a 'magical part of the world'

Jools Holland has been in Carlisle as part of his summer tour.

He was joined at the Sands Centre by his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, former Spice Girl Melanie C, Marc Almond, and Blues legend Ruby Turner.

The musician met with our reporter Matt Taylor before his gig on Friday, 11 July and spoke to him about his tour, his past in the North East and, of course, his thoughts on Carlisle.

You can see the full interview here:

Second-largest crowd in Carlisle Racecourse's history

More than 10,000 people watched the Kaiser Chiefs last night, the second-largest crowd in Carlisle Racecourse's history

What an unbelievable evening! We had some great racing, including a photo-finish in the feature race. And then the Kaiser Chiefs werejust something else. The response from the crowd, both in their numbers and enthusiasm, really was special and I'd like to thank everyone for their support. Ricky Wilson (lead singer) is a supreme showman - and we've got Jessie J here next on Sunday July 27 and then Wet Wet Wet at Ultimate Ladies' Night on Monday August 4. It's going to be along, hot summer at Carlisle Racecourse."

– Geraldine McKay, General Manager Carlisle Racecourse
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