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Stooshe and Conor Maynard join bill at Dumfries festival

Karis Anderson, Courtney Rumbold and Alexandra Buggs of Stooshe Credit: PA

Dumfries plays host to Scotland's largest free music event this weekend, as the Youthbeatz Festival gets underway in the town.

Girl group Stooshe will join teen sensation Conor Maynard on stage in Dock Park from midday tomorrow, Saturday 8 August.

Last year's X-Factor runner-up Nicky McDonald is also performing at the event.

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors at Appleby Castle

Shakespeare's great plays will be shown in an open air theatre production against the historic 12th century backdrop of Appleby Castle.

The Comedy of Errors is being shown tonight, Thursday 7 August, and tomorrow night a cast, including former Royal Shakespeare Company actors, will perform Macbeth.

It's a two day event that hopes to bring more people to the castle and the local area.


Wet Wet Wet tweet their thanks to Carlisle

80's soft rock band Wet Wet Wet have tweeted their thanks to the 6,000 strong crowd who turned out to see them last night at Carlisle Racecourse.

The band performed hits including their cover of The Beatles' 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and classic 'Love Is All Around.'

In Pictures: Ladies Day at Carlisle Races

The races all consisted of female-only jockeys Credit: ITV Border
Thousands of people turned out for one of the biggest days on the sporting calendar Credit: ITV Border
Ladies dressed up for the occasion Credit: ITV Border
The Ladies Day event is one of the biggest in the racing day calendar Credit: ITV Border
Among the titles up for grabs were the best hat and best dressed awards Credit: ITV Border
Marti Pellow performs with Wet Wet Wet to a 6,000 strong crowd Credit: ITV Border
6,000 people watched the 80s band perform at the races Credit: ITV Border


Ladies out in force for world's only female jockey race

Carlisle racecourse played host to the world's only female jockey race event yesterday.

The all female jockey line-up at yesterday's event Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

Ladies donned their big hats as thousands turned out to one of the busiest days on the race track calendar.

The event is the only race meeting in the world where all the jockeys are female.

Eighties band Wet Wet Wet took to the stage in the evening to entertain the crowds.

Marti Pellow lead a singing crowd of thousands at the races Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

Cumbrian band make noise at Kendal Calling

Up and coming Cumbrian band Colt 45 played their first Kendal Calling Festival together over the weekend.

The band, who are from Carlisle and Workington, formed when they met at Carlisle night club The Brickyard.

The three, Neil Harper, Adam Lewis and Gareth Jenkins, have just released their new album.

They appeared at the Woodlands Stage on Sunday afternoon and shortly afterwards they spoke back stage to our reporter Matthew Taylor.

Kendal Calling attracts 17,000 festival-goers

Around 17,000 festival-goers attended the ninth Kendal Calling, which took place near Penrith over the weekend.

Police say that 36 arrests were made for drugs offences, but overall there were fewer arrests this year.

Festival organisers are now working on making next year even better, as it will be the tenth anniversary.

Heavy rain for most of the weekend made the ground wet and muddy.

"We bring in some woodchip that kind of thing to make it a bit easier on the ground and under people's feet but to be honest there's not too much you can do about mud. It'll dry out when it dries out.

"We just keep an eye and make sure that the walkways are clear and that people are getting on happily."

– Ben Robinson, Kendal Calling
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