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BAFTA-winning director Ken Loach visits Cumbria

Ken Loach with the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film for I, Daniel Blake Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images

BAFTA-winning director Ken Loach is visiting Cumbria today, for a special screening of his new film I, Daniel Blake.

The film is about a man whose benefits are cut after he is declared ‘fit for work’, despite being in recovery from a heart attack.

The screenings will be followed by discussions about people's experiences with the welfare system.

I, Daniel Blake won Best British Film at this year's BAFTA film awards.

The screening will take place on Thursday 16 February at the Mirehouse Labour Club in Whitehaven.


Kendal Calling 2017 tickets sell out in record time

Credit: Kendal Calling

Tickets for a Cumbrian music festival have sold out in record-breaking time.

Kendal Calling 2017 sold it's 25,000 tickets in just over one week.

Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Frank Turner and Tinie Tempah are a few of the names set to perform at Lowther Deer Park in July.

The team are truly humbled by the reaction to this years line up and we'd like to thank everyone who has bought tickets to make this our 12th successive sell out! We’ll be keeping our heads down over the next 6 months working hard to make this the best festival possible. We have a lot more amazing artists and field based antics still to announce so keep your eyes peeled. We can’t wait to see everyone in the fields!”

– Ben Robinson, co-founder of Kendal Calling

Little Mix announce summer concert in Carlisle

Little Mix have announced a summer concert date in Carlisle.

The British pop girlband will play outdoors at Bitts Park on Sunday 16 July, in a series of 'Summer Shout Out' live shows.

We’re delighted to be welcoming Little Mix to Bitts Park. We’ve got a great summer of music planned with lots of diverse acts coming to the city including Bryan Adams. It reinforces Bitts Park as a popular outdoor music venue and Carlisle as an events city. Come along and join in the fun.”

– Carlisle City Councillor Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure


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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