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Cumbrian artist captures boxing legends

Kevin painted this representation in 1987. Credit: Kevin Carr

Sugar Ray Leonard has been in Carlisle to inspire youngsters, and this painting from Cumbrian artist Kevin Carr shows he's got plenty of fans.

Kevin met the boxing legend back in 1987, at Whitehaven golf club.

In the same year he also painted another boxer, Marvin Hagler, for Cleator Moor boxing club.

Marvin Hagler. Credit: Kevin Carr

Sugar Ray Leonard: 'Mayweather has the edge'

Here's a taster of the second part of our exclusive interview with Sugar Ray Leonard.

On Lookaround tonight he'll look back on his amazing career as a champion at five weights.

And we'll hear his thoughts on the sport today, including the upcoming superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.


Dance festival dates announced

More than 1,000 primary and secondary school pupils in the Scottish Borders will be taking part in the region's annual dance festival.

It's put on by Scottish Borders Council, and organised by curriculum support teachers and the Performing Arts Co-ordinator.

Different styles of dance will be on show, from Scottish Country to Creative:

  • 25 March - Secondary Schools Dance Festival, with around 400 pupils in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
  • 26 March - Berwickshire Primary Dance Festival, with around 600 pupils in the Volunteer Hall, Duns.
  • 31 March - Tweeddale Primary Dance Festival, with around 300 pupils in the Gytes Leisure Centre, Peebles.


"It's reassuring that these people are nice in real life"

The bike was hired to Damian Lewis by Dan Richards of Lake District Cycling.

He has launched a new scheme to provide cycle hire from Penrith and Oxenholme stations in association with Virgin Trains. The cycle store at Oxenholme station was funded by Go Lakes, the tourism organisation which promotes the Lake District.

Damian Lewis and his friends were Dan's first customers.

"I was blown over because he was so lovely. He is a nice, decent, normal guy. It's reassuring that these people are nice in real life."

– Dan Richards

Dan also revealed that he tried to stop Damian Lewis paying for the bike, saying the publicity would be payment enough, but he and his friends insisted on giving him the money.

'Homeland' and 'Wolf Hall' actor visits Lake District

Damian Lewis and Dan Richards at Penrith Railway Station Credit: Dan Richards

The 'Homeland' and 'Wolf Hall' actor, Damian Lewis, has been in the Lake District for the weekend enjoying a mountain-biking and running holiday.

Local people were amazed to see the actor arriving at Penrith railway station on Saturday, where he collected the mountain bike he was hiring. He was holidaying with four others, believed to be friends from school.

The group cycled to Glenridding on Ullswater before running up and down England's third highest mountain, Helvellyn, in wintry conditions.

They stayed overnight in a small Penrith pub before heading home on Sunday morning.

More acts 'Squeezed' into Wickerman lineup

Lulu will play on Saturday. Credit: Burt Greener Communications

Rock band Squeeze, Scottish singer Lulu and punk poet John Cooper Clarke have joined this year's Wickerman lineup.

The festival takes place in the summer. Credit: ITV Border

They join the recently announced Tom Odell, The Waterboys and Example & DJ Wire.

The festival takes place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July.

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