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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.

Book festival underway in Carlisle

The book festival gets underway today. Credit: PA

Borderlines Book Festival returns to Carlisle today, with a series of writers' workshops and talks from authors.

Last year's event saw more than 1,300 people attend.

The four-day event runs from 3 to 6 September, and is organised by Cumbria County Council's Library Service, Tullie House Art Gallery and Museum, and Bookends Bookshop.

There will be 27 author events and 13 writers' workshops taking place at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle Library, Carlisle Cathedral, Waterstones and Bookcase.

This year's festival has a wonderful, eclectic mix of speakers who will appeal to a broad range of festival-goers.

We'll have a lively weekend for those who love literature, history, art, music, poetry, politics, sport, humour and the great outdoors.

Hopefully, published authors will also inspire would-be authors to guarantee many more festivals in the future."

– Festival chair Gwenda Matthews


Watch: ITV Border reports on Gaiety Cinema closure

Whitehaven's Gaiety Cinema is to re-open, after its controversial closure 12 years ago.

To celebrate, we've dug out Tim Backshall's report from the final screening, in 2003, from the Border archive.

Can you remember what the final film was?

On Lookaround at 6pm tonight, you can watch Samantha Parker's report on the cinema re-opening.

Solfest festival gets underway

Solfest music festival Credit: ITV Border

West Cumbria's Solfest music festival starts today.

The event near Aspatria didn't take place last year but organisers say it's back with a bang.

The lineup includes The Unthanks, Kathryn Tickell & The Side and Electric Village.

Dumfries DJ tops the highest paid list

Calvin Harris during his DJ set at V Festival Credit: PA

Music superstar Calvin Harris has been crowned the world's highest paid DJ for the third year in a row.

According to Forbes' latest rich list the 31 year old from south west Scotland is worth nearly £42 million.

Harris, who now lives in Los Angeles, grew up in Dumfries and was a pupil at Dumfries High School.


Joan Armatrading cancels Carlisle concert

Joan Armatrading Credit: Press Association

Singer Joan Armatrading has cancelled her concert in Carlisle tonight due to illness.

The three-time Grammy Award nominee had been set to appear at the Sands Centre this evening but the venue was contacted by the star's management this morning to say the gig was off.

“We were contacted early this morning by Joan’s management to advise us that she was unwell and therefore this evening’s show could not go ahead.

"We are clearly very disappointed, but wish Joan a speedy recovery. Our customers can claim a full refund by telephoning The Sands’ Box Office on (01228) 633766. Unfortunately it is unlikely that the date will be re-scheduled.”

– Jonathan Higgins, Sands Centre’s Arts and Events Manager
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