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Meet the stars of this year's Carlisle Christmas panto

Tickets are on sale now Credit: ITV Border

The Sands Centre Christmas pantomime returns to Carlisle this December to tell the famous fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

This year's show will star Carlisle's 1990s popstar Lee Brenan, as the prince, and former Eastenders actress Chery Fergison (Heather Trott) as the wicked fairy.

They will be joined by breakfast DJ, Robbie Dee, who plays the Dame, and Dean Winters, as the Jester.

Food festival brings tasty £2 million to Cumbria

Taste Cumbria food festival Credit: ITV Border

This year's Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth brought nearly £2 million into the local economy, according to the organisers.

More than 40,000 people descended on the town last weekend, pushing the revenue the event brings to the area up by around 15 percent on the previous year.

Stalls and cooking demonstrations took place on Main Street, with children’s activities as well as a pop-up restaurant at Wordsworth House, and a beer festival.

This is a phenomenal outcome for Taste Cumbria and I am delighted that the event has had its biggest impact on the local economy so far.

– Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council

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Mini da Vinci Challenge: code breaking answers

How many did you get right?

  1. Da Vinci is the key to, and the author of, this quotation:

NOTHING STRENGTHENS AUTHORITY AS MUCH AS SILENCE

  1. The phrase is a PANGRAM - it contains all 26 letters of the alphabet at least once:

Answer: Number substitution. Letter values in the left to right order they appear on a keyboard. (Q A Z W S X etc)

MY GIRL WOVE SIX PLAID JACKETS BEFORE SHE QUIT

  1. Who was he?

Telephone code - the Scot credited with inventing the telephone.

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL (middle name not essential).

Mini da Vinci Challenge: code breaking questions

Answers will be posted tonight at 7pm Credit: ITV Border

Can you work out the answers to these code breaking questions from the Mini da Vinci Challenge taking place in Dumfries today?

  1. Da Vinci is the key to, and the author of, this quotation:

OSTUTCL NNSRMSE NGGAIUI HREHSAN IENOOSC TTHTYHE

  1. The phrase is a PANGRAM - it contains all 26 letters of the alphabet at least once:

21 16 - 14 22 10 25 - 4 24 12 7 - 5 22 6 - 8 24 3 7 18 - 26 25 2 22 8

20 2 9 23 7 13 5 - 15 7 11 24 10 7 - 5 17 7 - 1 19 22 13

Clue: Strictly left to right

  1. Who was he?

843 7268 27334833 9484 468368464 843 835374663

Answers will be posted tonight at 7pm.

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