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Drivers should expect delays for Elton John concert

Cumbria Police are advising motorists to allow extra time and follow the correct road signs when travelling to Elton John's concert this evening.

The singer is performing at this year's Westmorland County Show and thousands of tickets have been sold.

Traffic signs will take those travelling from the south along the A6 to Milnthorpe, and right at the crossroads.

Police say for those coming from the north, the best route is to turn off the Brettargh Holt roundabout and head to Milnthorpe, turning left at the crossroads in the centre of the town.

The traffic lights at the crossroads will be manually operated to ease traffic.

"These routes may not be the normal way that people would travel if they know the area, but we really do urge everyone to follow them.

"They may not be the shortest routes but with the amount of traffic expected for the event, they will be the quickest. We expect the junction 36 roundabout to be very busy, with long delays."

– Inspector Paul Latham, Cumbria Police


Borders Book Festival begins

There's an Alice in Wonderland theme at the festival. Credit: ITV News

Famous writers, performers and plenty of books will be in the Scottish Borders this weekend, as the Borders Book Festival gets underway.

It's the festival's 12th year, and it begins today, and continues through Friday and over the weekend.

The festival's biggest ever programme includes talks from Peter Snow, Andrew Marr, Patricia Hodge, Jenny Colgan and Rory Bremner.

Political figures like Alex Salmond and Gordon Brown will also be there.

This year's the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, and Lewis Carroll's classic novel will be celebrated with treasure hunts, and costumed characters meeting children.

The festival is taking place at Harmony Gardens in Melrose.

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