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Wigtown Book Festival set to draw in the crowds

Wigtown Book Festival Credit: ITV Border

More than 20,000 people are expected to visit Wigtown from today for its celebrated book festival.

The event, which brings in over £2million to the local economy, has become the biggest of its kind in Scotland and attracts some of the UK's top writers. More than 200 events will take place over the course of the festival.

Carlisle museum wins top national award

Family-friendly exhibition at Tullie House Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle museum has scooped a top national prize.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery beat off competition from more than 850 other venues across Britain to win the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.

Over the summer six shortlisted museums were road-tested by undercover families against the 20 points on the Kids in Museums Manifesto and Tullie House came out on top to claim the prize.

Tullie House Credit: ITV Border

“We are delighted to have won this prestigious national award - it's a fantastic accolade for the hard work and commitment of the whole team at the museum.

"Families are one of our main audiences and the team works extremely hard to develop innovative, exciting and engaging family friendly activities and exhibitions that have broad appeal.

"The current Eye for Colour exhibition is specifically aimed at family audiences and it is very popular because it is interactive, fun and educational. The museum works hard to create diverse programmes for all audiences so it is extra special to be able to receive recognition from our visitors for our family friendly programme."

– Hilary Wade, Director of Tullie House


Egremont Crab Fair success

Thousands of people turned out for the Egremont Crab Fair which has been going in the town since 1267.

This year's gurning champions were;

  • Juniors' Channelle McDowell
  • Women's Claire Spedding and
  • Men's Gordon Blacklock.
Crab Fair Queen Aston Telford Credit: Callum Scott
Thousands attended the Crab Fair in Egremont Credit: Callum Scott
Thousands enjoyed great weather, and views at the Crab Fair Credit: Callum Scott
Thousands attended the Crab fair at Egremont Credit: Callum Scott


Beacon expansion 'will benefit community'

The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The £1.4 million expansion of the Beacon Museum begins today, and Copeland's mayor says it'll be a big asset to the wider community:

It has been an honour to break ground to herald the start of this major project which will bring a much needed conference facility to the centre of Whitehaven.

The expansion brings great, new opportunities to Copeland, to host exhibitions and events which previously would not have been able to come to this part of the North West. It will be an asset to business, the arts and education which will benefit the wider community.

The development will also support the Beacon Museum to achieve the business goal of self-sustainable, through increasing the opportunities for commercialisation - creating the revenue to sustain this important building, archive and museum service.

The new development will offer more prestigious, significant and diverse exhibitions which will attract more visitors to Copeland, helping to further boost the local economy.”

– Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie

Beacon Museum's £1.4m expansion begins

The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The expansion of the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven begins today.

The £1.4 million project is expected to expand the museum's display space, and see the building of a new conference centre.

An impression of the new development. Credit: Copeland Borough Council

In 2012 the museum was threatened with closure - until nuclear company Sellafield Ltd took joint ownership of it with Copeland Borough Council.

Christmas panto auditions in Carlisle

Local actors and dancers are being encouraged to audition for a part in Cinderella - this year's Christmas pantomime in Carlisle.

Producers are looking for a local performer to play the role of Dandini – Prince Charming’s best friend and valet – as well as children aged eight and over, dancers aged 16 plus, male performers and professional dancers.

The auditions take place at The Sands Centre on Sunday and Monday.

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