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WATCH: Richard Madeley revisits his time living in Cumbria

Richard Madeley started his career in television at Border nearly 40 years ago, and today he's been back in Cumbria to promote his new career as a novelist.

His latest book is set in the Lake District in the hot summer of 1976.

ITV Border's Matthew Taylor went to meet him.

Richard Madeley reminisces about his time in Cumbria

The television presenter and former ITV Border reporter Richard Madeley is in our region promoting his latest novel.

Richard Madeley's first television job was on Lookaround nearly 40 years ago, before he became a household name presenting This Morning.

He has based his new work of fiction, 'The Night Book', on his time living in Cumbria during the heatwave of 1976:

I just remember this experience as a young Londoner, an Essex Eastend boy, of falling in love with the Lakes. Just falling in love with the Lake District. I'd never been here before the weather was so incredible it was like being in the Italian Lakes. Windermere was like Como. I remember the Carlisle evening news headline Windermere warmer than the Med. The Lakes heated up in a superheated summer. It was almost a magical time for me.

– Richard Madeley


Fans 'buzzing' after Rod rocks Brunton Park

Elizabeth, Claire and Elaine enjoying the concert Credit: ITV Border

Fans have been full of praise for rock legend Rod Stewart after his performance at Brunton Park in Carlisle on Tuesday evening.

Thousands of people turned out to watch him perform his classic hits like "Maggie May" and "Do you think i'm sexy?".

Eve Louden and her signed football Credit: ITV Border

"What a performance. He's my lifelong hero and i'm still buzzing. I couldn't sleep for singing the songs over and over in my head.

"To top it off i managed to get my hands on a signed football. Sir Rod Stewart- a true entertainer."

– Eve Louden, Rod Stewart superfan
Steve and Annemarie travelled up from Surrey for the gig Credit: ITV Border
Showing off his moves Credit: ITV Border
Muriel Robinson from Lochmaben says she refuses to grow old Credit: ITV Border

Crawick Multiverse ready for Summer Solstice

Crawick Multiverse Solstice Events Preview, Sanquhar Credit: Colin Hattersley

Organisers of the Summer Solstice festival say they're prepared for a weekend of music, performance and artwork.

The three-day event takes place at Crawick Multiverse near Sanquhar from June 24th to June 26th.

Some of the entertainment taking place includes a procession featuring a dozen riders a pipe band and dancers, a cosmic treasure hunt and the unveiling of Charles Jenck’s new mosaic entitled Solar Flare/Earth Shield.

The event will celebrate music, performannce and art Credit: Colin Hattersley

“We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to an extraordinary fusion of art, science and entertainment. To bring together artists, world renowned scientists, superb performers and so many members of the local community is quite wonderful – and will be a huge amount of fun.”

– Charles Jencks, Artist

Carlisle set for surprise Stone Roses gig

Ian Brown of The Stone Roses performing at the Isle of Wight Festival. Credit: PA

A surprise gig by The Stone Roses takes place at the Sands Centre in Carlisle this evening.

Tickets for the event went on sale last Saturday, just hours after the concert had been announced online.

Fans had to head to the venue to buy them in person over the weekend, and bring along an item of band memorabilia to be eligible.

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