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Marmalade Festival gets underway in Dalemain & Penrith

Paddington Bear at the Marmalade Awards Credit: ITV Border

The 11th World's Original Marmalade Festival has begun and it is spread across three venues for the first time.

There are events this weekend at Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens, Penrith town centre and the Rheged Centre, featuring children's craft, cookery, film and storytelling activities, food and craft markets, Paddington Bear appearances, marmalade talks and question time, chef demonstrations.

"I am thrilled that the awards have grown so much over the years and have been followed by so many loyal supporters that we have been able to expand into other locations. Dalemain is proud to be able to share the festival across other venues so marmalade can be celebrated even more in 2016. There is a glorious Orange Glow spreading over Cumbria with the International Marmalade competition at Dalemain and a remarkable festival in three locations."

– Organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh of Dalemain

Over 2000 competition marmalades will be on display but the one everyone will want to taste is the one of the world's most expensive marmalades.

"We are proud to be part of such a prestigious event as the World's Original Marmalade Festival and we have had a lot of fun designing a programme of marmalade inspired events, which we are sure our visitors will enjoy"

– Claire Logan-Stephens Head of Visitor Engagement at Rheged

A free 'Orange Express' shuttle bus is operating between the venues throughout the weekend.

If children bring their teddy to Penrith town centre, they can experience the teddy zip wire from the top of St Andrew's church.

"We are delighted that the festival has expanded into Penrith Town centre and we are really looking forward to welcoming everyone over the weekend. This is a free event and there will be a fantastic atmosphere with plenty going on to entertain the whole family and make it a great day out for all. We also hope this will give Penrith a boost after the floods"

– Peter Ward of Penrith Partnership

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Melvyn Bragg condemns arts cuts in Cumbria

Melvyn Bragg Credit: PA

One of Cumbria's most famous faces has hit out at cutbacks to artistic and cultural centres in the county.

Lord Melvyn Bragg, who was born in Carlisle and grew up in Wigton, believes the government is ignoring the social and financial benefits of the arts.

When will this government understand that the arts are not only beneficial for people and a source of great pleasure... they make money?"

– Lord Melvyn Bragg

Rory Bremner on Boris Johnson on Europe

Comedian Rory Bremner is performing at a series of shows to fundraise for those affected by flooding across Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

While at Penrith Old Fire Station before the first of his 'Come Hell or High Water' gigs he took the opportunity to do his best impression of Boris Johnson, focusing on the issue of the EU referendum:

All proceeds from Bremner's Cumbrian shows will go to Cumbria Community Foundation’s Flood Appeal. The proceeds from the Lancaster and York gigs will go to their respective flood relief appeals.

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