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The World Gold Panning Championships is taking place in Moffat

The World Goldpanning Championships take place in Moffat this week Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of prospectors from across the globe are arriving in Dumfries and Galloway to hunt for gold.

The World Goldpanning Championships take place in Moffat this week, as competitors attempt to find flakes of gold in sand and gravel:

This year's championships is the 41st to take place, and was last hosted in the UK in 1992.

Credit: ITV Border
Credit: ITV Border


House of Cards writer’s new play to have world premiere in Cumbria

Remarkable Invisible will play from 11 August to 4 November Credit: Theatre by the Lake

American writer and producer of Netflix drama, House of Cards, is bringing her latest play to Cumbria. Laura Eason's, Remarkable Invisible, is to have it's world premiere at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake.

The production, 'a compelling and moving family drama', is directed by Zoë Waterman and involves the actors; Matt Addis, Ian Barritt, Eliza Hunt and Alice Selwyn - all involved in the smash hit production Handbagged.

Theatre by the Lake say they are delighted to be premiering Laura's latest play here in Cumbria.

The play is a lot about who your parents are and what you inherit from them. How you form yourself, whether you try to imitate them or rebel against them. And it’s about the ways in which everyone can have a different view of the reality of their family.”

– Laura Eason, Producer, Remarkable Invisible

Remarkable Invisible will play in the theatre’s intimate Studio space from 11 August to 4 November. Further information can be found at


New exhibition celebrates the work of people with learning disabilities in Carlisle

A display of artwork created by stroke survivors and people with learning disabilities has gone on display at Carlisle Library. Any money raised by the exhibition will be used to fund a touring theatre production put on by Prism Arts raise the profile of people disabled people in the dramatic arts.

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