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Couple spring surprise wedding on nativity guests

A couple from West Cumbria surprised the congregation at a church nativity by getting married during the performance.

David Blamire and Chrissie Armstrong were playing the parts of Mary and Joseph during the Angels and Shepherds Nativity at St James' in Whitehaven.

As well as ‘playing’ the part of the baby Jesus in the Nativity Tableau, their daughter Daisy was baptised during the service.

The Rev’d Robert Jackson, Priest-in-Charge of St James’, was one of the few people in on the secret.

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Date changed for Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival in 2015. Credit: ITV Border

Next year the Keswick Mountain Festival will be held in June, rather than May.

The event, which draws mountaineers and adventurers from all around the world, will take place from 8 to 11 June 2017.

Organisers say they've chosen the new date because "there is a greater chance of it being warmer for camping, warmer for swimming and lighter for partying in the evenings".

They say the size of the campsite is also increasing, and there will be space for caravans next year.

Dumfries hosts Big Draw Festival

Children with their drawings from the 2015 event Credit: Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Children of all ages are being encouraged to take part in the Big Draw Festival which takes place in Dumfries today.

It's the third time the event is being held at Moat Brae House, where J.M Barrie drew inspiration from to pen his famous novel 'Peter Pan'.

The festival features a number of creative activities led by artist and young entrepreneur Rachael Speedie.

The theme for this year is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

We hope lots of people will drop in to Moat Brae for this event where science and space meet stories and sketches. We’ll provide the glitter, glue, pens and paper, and ask you to use your imagination to add your own creations to our giant mobile in the starlight dome.

"We are hoping for some surprises as well as the usual planets, planes, birds, butterflies, kites, balloons, helicopters, rainbows, fairies, Peter Pans, rockets, space stations, galaxies and black-holes…”

– Rachael Speedie, Big Draw Festival

Entry to the event is free and it runs from 11am until 3pm.

The 2015 event proved popular with the youngsters Credit: Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Melrose Abbey in Top 10 Scottish man-made wonders

Melrose Abbey listed among the best man-made buildings in Scotland Credit: PA

Melrose Abbey has been named in the top 10 of Scotland's best man-made wonders.

A survey conducted by Visit Scotland put the 12th century building on the same list at the Forth Bridge, Edinburgh Castle and the Kelpies.

The Abbey is the final resting place of the heart of the medieval King Robert the Bruce.

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