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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.

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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.

New Carlisle arts centre has plenty to Bragg about

Melvyn Bragg Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg was in Carlisle this morning for a tour of the city's new arts venue.

The Old Fire Station Arts Centre in Warwick Street is currently undergoing a £1million revamp that will see the creation of workshop and exhibition space as well as an auditorium for live music, comedy and theatre.

"This is a wonderful new venue for Carlisle and the wider area and it's a fantastic addition to the city.

"Arts venues are massively important and it's great to see today the way it's all coming together."

– Melvyn Bragg

The Old Fire Station Arts centre was Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service's main base in the city until two new community fire stations opened in Raffles and Eastern Way in 2012.

Carlisle City Council took over the station and turned it into an arts venue. The revamp began in October and is due to be completed in May.

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