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Paddington Bear helps bring big crowds to festival

Hundreds of people have been at the annual Marmalade Festival at Dalmain House near Penrith.

The popularity of the Paddington Bear film attracted a new generation of marmalade sandwich fans.

It's now the 10th year the marmalade-making competition's been held.

One of this year's winners is Gardening Leave, a group that provides therapy for ex-service personnel.

Victoria Brown, Gardening Leave


10th Marmalade Awards underway

Dalemain near Penrith in Cumbria is playing host to marmalade producers from all over the world at the 10th annual Marmalade Awards and Festival. Organisers say this year's batch is the most exotic yet with marmalade packed with honey, vodka, coffee and even gold going before the judges.

Scotland has won double gold at the event. Joint winner Catie Gladstone's Hamilton Honey Marmalade in the "Stirring of the Clans" category was described as "a breath of Scotland's misty lands", whilst the Gardening Leave Army Veteran's Charity Marmalade triumphed in the "Military Marmalade" category. It was made by Colin, Shug and Mick at the charity's Ayr project under the guidance of horticultural therapist Victoria Brown, whose family recipe was used. Both winners will be offered the opportunity to have their marmalades stocked in Fortnum & Mason.

"I was absolutely amazed and delighted to win this award, especially as it was the first batch of marmalade I had ever made! I was guided through the making process by my Aunt Sona who inspired me to enter the competition. I used delicious local honey from Dumfriesshire as an alternative to sugar because I wanted to celebrate my Scottish heritage through my marmalade."

– Victoria Brown

Four of the Gold homemade winners hailed from Scotland, two from Japan and one from New York.

The Waterboys and Tom Odell confirmed for Wickerman Festival

Tom Odell is one of the acts confirmed for this year's Wickerman Festival Credit: PA

One of Scotland's biggest music festivals has announced this summer's headliners.

The Waterboys and Tom Odell will lead the line-up at the Wickerman Festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

Example and DJ Wire are also confirmed, and the remaining acts will be announced over he coming months.

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Calvin could win at Brit Awards

Calvin Harris Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries-born DJ and producer Calvin Harris could win two Brit Awards at this evening's ceremony in London.

His song "Summer' is shortlisted for the best British Single award, and is also nominated in the best British video category.

Two years ago, he became the first artist to have nine top ten hits from one album, beating the likes of the Beatles and Michael Jackson.


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