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Carnival celebrates Scotland's national bard

The Carnival celebrates Scotland's national poet. Credit: ITV Border

Preparations are well underway for the Big Burns Carnival in Dumfries this weekend.

Musicians and artists are descending on the town to celebrate Scotland's national bard.

On Sunday hundreds of performers will take to the streets of Dumfries for a torchlit procession.


Dumfries prepares to celebrate Scotland's best loved bard

The celebrations include a parade through the town. Credit: ITV Border

Final preparations are underway for more than a week of events in Dumfries to celebrate the life and work of Scotland's favourite poet.

Robert Burns spent his final years, and wrote some of his best loved songs and poems, in the town.

A torch-lit carnival through the town's streets will take place on Burns Night on Sunday.

Band Aid style song recorded for Cumbria's foodbanks

Young west Cumbrian singers recording near Egremont Credit: ITV News Border

Young singers from West Cumbria are coming together to record a Band-Aid style song to raise awareness of the area's foodbanks.

The group is called "Make that Change" and is recording a version of Michael Jackson's song, "Man in the Mirror."

600 people a month relied on foodbanks in Allerdale and Copeland last year. Many of those involved in the song say they'd known little about the problem.

To hear an extract from the song, which is due to be released later this month, click below.

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.


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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