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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.

Mountain Festival could bring £2.2m to Kendal area

A Cumbria Tourism report into the economic impact in 2011 put it at around £2.2million. Credit: ITV Border

Kendal is getting ready to host its 15th 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.

Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce anticipates this year's festival will bring something in the region of £1.9million to the local economy. A Cumbria Tourism report into the economic impact in 2011 put it at around £2.2million.

But the impact of the festival is likely to be felt long after the weekend is over. The Festival brings new visitors to South Cumbria and tourism providers believe they tell their friends and family and that brings visitors in all year round.

Some believe that Kendal has carved a niche for itself in hosting festivals like this, especially in the winter months when tourism dies down.


Kendal prepares for 15th Mountain Festival

Credit: ITV Border

Kendal's getting ready to host it's 15th Mountain Festival. It's one of the biggest events in South Cumbria - bringing in tens of thousands of visitors, spending around £1.9 million pounds in the local economy.

"If you took it away - if you said right, 'next year there isn't going to be a mountain film festival' - I think you would see a considerable drop, it would probably be somewhere in the region of £1500 over the course of the weekend, that may not be filled at that time of year with anything else."

– Hilary Claxton Beech House B&B

Dumfries festival launched in Edinburgh

Pictured with the bard's statue are circus performer Vendetta Vain (correct) and performer Andy Everett. Credit: Colin Hattersley

The annual Dumfries event, Big Burns Supper, will return for nine days in January.

The event launched its full 2015 programme in Leith with the news that Scottish singer songwriter Nina Nesbitt and folk group the Peatbog Faeries will be part of the line-up.

Burlesque dancers and colourfully costumed carnival characters launched the programme in front of the Burns statue in Leith’s Constitution Street – the statue itself was specially decked in tartan for the event.

The lantern-lit carnival, with seven large interactive floats plus bands and dancers, will include hundreds of children and adults in costumes ranging from sea creatures through to angels, Tattie-bogles (scarecrows) and even giant vegetables.

Although it normally lasts three days, the event will run from 23rd - 31st January.

Santa visits Kendal for Xmas light switch-on

Credit: Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on

Santa, Elsa and Anna (from the Disney film Frozen) were just a few of the many visitors that attended the Christmas light switch-on in Kendal on Sunday (16th November).

Festive stalls, live music and the traditional reindeer sleigh procession entertained the crowds. A Santa Dash also raised £1000 for charity.

Click here to visit the Kendal Christmas lights switch-on Facebook page.

Credit: Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on
Credit: Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on

Fire, masquerade and music

Almost 12,000 people descended on Penrith to celebrate the town's Winter Droving last weekend.

The event celebrates all things rural and the annual parade through the town features fire, lanterns, masquerade and music.

The festival is a celebration of the Cumbrian town and its age old role as the market town.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.

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