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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.


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


Christmas carol gets a hip hop makeover

A Carlisle church mission worker has given a new twist to a traditional Christmas carol.

Last year Andy Dykes remixed 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel' which had thousands of hits online. This year he and a group of friends have worked together to make 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' more contemporary.

He hopes the new version of the carol will make the Christmas message accessible to all ages.

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Man who fell off mountain in Mountain Festival film

Local climber Joe Beaumont fell 40 meters from a crag in Eskdale in 2011. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian film-makers are amongst those preparing to show their films on the big screen as thousands flock to Kendal for it's 15th Mountain Festival.

Dom Bush, a filmmaker and lecturer at Kendal College has made a film about local climber Joe Beaumont who fell 40 meters from a crag in Eskdale in 2011.

"I smashed the right side of my body, lost my elbow. I remained conscious but in intensive care in Whitehaven Hospital for two days. I don't remember anything of the accident but my new mantra is 'life started from the moment of impact'."

– Joe Beaumont, Climber from Kendal

'In the Frame' tells the story of how Joe pushed his body further than anyone thought possible and used sport as a way of rehabilitating himself.

In the last three years, he's competed in climbing competitions, done a triathlon and cycled to Ben Nevis.

"Climbing has given me the drive to set a goal and a find a way round a problem, and that's what this whole thing has been about. I had to learnt to walk and to live with a disability. You need short and long-term goals. At first it was figuring out how to get a cup of tea from the kitchen to the living room. I couldn't walk but I could cycle - one-legged - so I cycled 600 miles from the lowest to the highest point."

– Joe Beaumont, Climber from Kendal

All the profits from the film are going to local mountain rescue teams.

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Film to pay tribute to WW1 Cumbrian climbers

Credit: Herford: The Life and Death of the Edwardian Climber, Simon Gee.
Credit: Herford: The Life and Death of the Edwardian Climber, Simon Gee.

Cumbrian climbers who fell in WW1 are to be remembered in a moving tribute at Kendal Mountain Festival.

'Herford', a film by Simon Gee, a Director from Kirkby Stephen, will premiere this weekend's, along side pieces of theatre in a special production commissioned for the festival.

It tells the story of 20 Cumbrians who climbed in the Lake District at a time when climbing was much more dangerous than it is now. And yet, they fell in the trenches.

Herford tells the story behind just one of the hundreds of thousands of tombstones in Northern France.

Siegfried Herford climbed one of the hardest routes in the UK on Central Buttress, Scafell 100 years ago and is one of those remembered on the highest war memorial in the world, Great Gable.

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