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Magic and Dragon's fire: This Saturday's Bitts Park Fire Show

Last year's display Credit: ITV Border

Preparations are underway for this Saturday's Carlisle Fireshow at Bitts Park.

A thirty foot high bonfire will be the centrepiece of the display which is expected to attract more than thirty five thousand people.

Some parents, however, have questioned the scheduling of the event on Halloween, as they will have to decide between the fireshow and 'trick-or-treating'.

The theme will include magic, Merlin and dragons.

It will be the 28th event staged by Carlisle City Council.

Coronation Street actor arrested in Cumbrian nightclub

Ryan Thomas Credit: PA

Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas was arrested by police and fined for being drunk and disorderly after an alleged row at a nightclub in Bowness-on-Windermere.

The 31-year-old was held by officers and taken to the station cells before being slapped with a £90 fine and released.

The actor, who plays builder Jason Grimshaw in the ITV soap, was back in Manchester on Monday following the incident at the Wheelhouse Club and Lounge in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He had earlier posted photos to his 94,000 followers on his Instagram account of him climbing in the Lakes.

Hours later, police were called at 1.09am on Sunday after trouble at the club in Cumbria.

Thomas was arrested, taken to Kendal police station's cells and later that morning given the fine for being drunk and disorderly.

The actor had been in the Lakes with a group of friends before it "kicked off" at the club and police arrived, according to reports.

Thomas thanked his yoga teacher for a "great class" on Monday, making no mention of the incident on his Instagram account.

He is scheduled to leave the soap next summer after more than a decade in the show.

Cumbria Police said in a statement: "Officers arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly."


David Hasselhoff spotted in Cumbrian pub

David Hasselhoff, pictured left, in the Eagle & Child Inn Credit: Christopher Pearson

Former Knight Rider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has been spotted taking in the local Cumbrian culture in Kendal.

The star, affectionately nicknamed 'The Hoff', was visiting the Eagle & Child Inn ahead of going on stage at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Hasselhoff is currently performing there as part of 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life', a musical set in 90s Ibiza.

Jamie Reed MP pens open letter on why he refused 'I'm a Celebrity... Get me out of here!' appearance offer

Jamie Reed MP for Copeland Credit: PA

Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland, has penned an article in the Guardian explaining why he refused a recent offer to appear on ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get me out of here!.

The TV series has a history of inviting MPs onto the show, notorious examples being Conservative MP Nadine Norris and former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, neither of which lasted more than two weeks in the Jungle.

Writing in the Guardian, Jamie Reed said:

Me? I’m not a celebrity, I’m not going in there and I’ve politely declined to meet the producers of the show. Copeland is set to become one of the fastest-growing parts of the UK economy, there’s a lot of work to be done and if you really want to see me in late November and early December, I’ll be holding my usual surgeries – but please remember, planning issues are a matter for the council.

– Jamie Reed MP for Copeland

Jamie Reed was approached after dramatically resigning from the Labour frontbench immediately following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader.

Corbyn swept to an unprecedented victory on a wave of anti-austerity resentment, but is opposed to nuclear power, which is a key industry in Reed's Copeland constituency.

Despite Corbyn winning over 60% of the vote share in the leadership poll, Reed refused to serve under him.

In his resignation letter, Jamie Reed said:

Over 10 years I have managed to secure funding for new hospitals and schools and to establish new nuclear policy.

Your opposition to this, as with David Cameron when he became Leader of the Opposition, is poorly informed and fundamentally wrong.

– Jamie Reed MP

Reed's principled stance was met with accolades from some, but met with contempt by Labour loyalists, prompting former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott to quip to BBC journalist Jane Hill:

Who is Jamie Reed? Is he in our party?

– Lord John Prescott
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