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A guide to Annan Riding of the Marches

One of the largest and oldest historic traditional ceremonies in south west Scotland is taking place. Annan Riding of the Marches, a fortnight of events, culminates on the first Saturday of July. The Annan Cornet and his Lass lead a cavalcade of riders out of the town round the burgh boundaries.

The traditional words "Safe Oot, Safe In" are shouted out as they forge the latest link in a chain of tradition dating back almost 700 years. Checking the boundaries was the responsibility of their forefathers to ensure that its landmarks had not been removed or tampered with by the English.

Their aim was to ensure that the burgh boundaries were maintained in good order. The cavalcade will circle around a channel in the Solway Firth before returning with the Burgh Standard to take part in traditional horse chases on the banks of the River Annan.


Stage set for Kaiser Chiefs

Giant stage at Carlisle Racecourse
The giant stage has gone up at Carlisle Racecourse where the Kaiser Chiefs will perform later Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

Final preparations are being made at Carlisle Racecourse ahead of a performance by the Kaiser Chiefs. An evening of racing will be followed by the Yorkshire band performing on a giant stage in front of thousands of people.

The Kaiser Chiefs topped the UK Album charts this year with their latest album: Education, Education, Education& War. Their hit singles include I Predict A Riot, Oh My God, Never Miss ABeat and Ruby, which also reached number one. They also played at Glastonbury last weekend.

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse General Manager said: "It's going to be a fantastic afternoon and evening, withquality racing followed by one of Britain's biggest and best-known bands."

Collabro confirm second Carlisle concert

Classical boy band Collabro won this year's Britain's Got Talent Credit: PA

Due to high demand for tickets, BGT winners Collabro have confirmed a second date to their tour to perform in Carlisle.

The classical boy band will open their 23-date tour in the Sands Centre on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.

The performance will see 20-year-old Matthew Pagan perform in his home city for the first time since winning the competition.

Read: Collabro win Britain's Got Talent

Gala dinner hosts special surprises

Over the past few months we have been following the story of Noah Wall, the little boy who doctors said would die within dies, but has gone on to make remarkable achievement after another in his first two years of life.

His parents say that a gala dinner they threw over the weekend has raised almost have of the £8000 they need for a special wheelchair that would help him lead a more independent life.

His guests were also treated to some rather special surprises too. Ryan Dollard reports.


Kendal's Mintfest to take a break

Kendal Mintfest will not happen next year Credit: PA

The organisers of Kendal's Mintfest have announced the festival will be taking a break next year.

Lakes Alive alive say that after eight years, they are looking to use the year off to appeal for new funding to keep the quality of the event up as well as looking at other things that the festival could do to bring in the crowds. The festival will return in 2016.

'The world is your oyster' for dancing Noah

Despite being told the odds were stacked against him, two year old Noah can now stand and even dance.

A gala dinner was held to help raise money towards an £8500 wheelchair to give Noah more independence. It was also hoped that it would raise awareness of Noah's condition, Spina Bifida.

'I felt really proud that Noah came out, did a bit of dancing, and showed that just because you are disabled it doesn't stop you from doing anything, the world is your oyster' - Shelly, Noah's mum.

Watch Noah dance, for the first time, below:

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