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Brunton Park hosts a special carol service

Crowds of people sat in the Brunton Park stands Credit: ITV Border News

Hundreds of people packed into Carlisle United's ground last night, but there wasn't a football in sight.

It was a special carol service, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. Dozens of local school children took part.

The moment when the battlefield guns fell silent on Christmas Day in 1914 and soldiers from both sides sang carols and played football during a temporary truce, was also marked.

The Silent Night Carols service was organised by HOPE Carlisle, which helps bring churches together to transform communities.

Some of the young carol singers Credit: ITV Border News

Singing for sixty years

A choir is part and parcel of Christmas, but sadly not everyone gets a chance to see one perform. So a large vote of thanks must go to the Carlisle Veteran Male Voice Choir who gave a special performance for the staff and residents at a care home in Carlisle.

The choir is celebrating it's 60th birthday and Paul Crone went along to join in the celebrations.

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Elton John tickets on sale tomorrow

It's the singers first gig in south Cumbria. Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa/STT-Lehtikuva/Press Association Images

Tickets to Elton John's first performance in south Cumbria go on sale tomorrow morning, at 9am.

The singer will be performing hits like Candle in the Wind at the Westmorland County Showground on June the 14th.

Tickets will be sold by Ticketmaster.

Elton John booked for Cumbrian concert next summer

The singer last performed in Cumbria in 2007 Credit: ITV Border News

Elton John will be performing live in concert in Cumbria next summer.

The singer and his band will be at the Westmorland County Showground in June as part of his European tour.

It will be the first time the star, who has sold more than 250 million records, has appeared live in the Lake District. He previously performed at Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground in June 2007.

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Solfest to return

The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria. Credit: ITV Border

One of Cumbria's top music festivals is returning.

Solfest didn't run this year, but organisers have announced it'll be back next August. The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria.

That's a boost for the region's music scene, as last year Cockrock and the Whitehaven Festival were also cancelled.

11,000 visited Kendal Mountain Festival

It's the biggest outdoor festival of it's kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors, putting the Lake District on the map for outdoor culture. Credit: ITV Border

The 15th Kendal Mountain Festival brought 11,000 people to South Lakeland and generated around £2million to the local economy, say organisers.

The 2014 festival, partly funded by South Lakeland District Council, brought together enthusiasts and experts for a weekend of films, talks and workshops.

Organisers of the festival say the success is down to the "programme mix, award-winning films and the main venue in Kendal.. which has become the hub of the festival."

Read: 15th Mountain Festival descends on Kendal

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