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Youngsters strike gold at community dig

A group of youngsters have struck gold on the Northumberland/Cumbria border, and found a northern link with one of Britain's most celebrated prehistoric burials.

An early Bronze Age grave was found in 2002 in Stonehenge - it contained flint arrowheads, metal tools and two gold hair tresses.

Now, a dig at Kirkhaugh near Alston has unearthed similar finds. They're thought to be more than four thousand years old.

Keith Akehurst reports:

Remarkable discovery of 4,000-year-old gold

Four schoolboys from Alston, Cumbria, have found an ancient gold hair tress.

The gold hair tress is the partner to an ornament found in 1935
The gold hair tress is the partner to an ornament found in 1935 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The discovery was made when the youngsters, all from Alston Primary School, had taken part in a community dig at Randalholme Farm in Northumberland. They had been inspired by an archaeology project at school.

The 4,300-year old hair tress is the partner gold ornament to a one found during a previous dig at the site in 1935 led by Herbert Maryon which was found by one of the four boys - Luca's - great-grandfather.

They told ITV about their discovery:


Green flag awards for Alston and Penrith cemeteries

Alston and Penrith cemeteries have been named some of the very best in the UK.

The cemeteries are among 1,476 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award.

The awards, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards and is beautifully maintained.

Alston and Penrith cemeteries are maintained by Eden District Council and their contractor Amey.

Local residents are also actively involved in how the Council maintains these facilities through Friends Groups.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award again from the Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Alston Moor are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.

– Councillor Pat Godwin, Alston Cemetery Friends Group

Lottery grant means bright future for South Tynedale Railway

A boost for one of the top tourist attractions in the North Pennines.

A lottery grant of over £4 million is set to be used to revitalise the South Tynedale Railway in Alston.

The line was closed for seven years in the late 70s and early 80s, but now its steam engines attract thousands of visitors each year. Matthew Taylor reports.

New station for South Tynedale Railway

The money will help to revamp the entire stretch of line Credit: ITV News Border

The entire stretch of the South Tyndedale Railway is about to be transformed by a £5.5 million investment.

The money's coming from a grant of over £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1.3 million raise by themselves.

Duncan Graham, a trustee of the South Tyndale Railway said: "We're going to extend our railway to Slaggyford, a mile and a quarter away and build a cafe and a new station there. And then at Alston where we are standing there will be a covered."


Alston community ambulance could be axed

A community run ambulance, which is said to be a lifeline for people in Alston, could be axed.

The so-called agency ambulance has operated for 45 years, staffed by five members of the local community, trained in basic life support.

The agency ambulance responds to emergency calls in Alston Moor to help patients until the ambulance service staff arrive.

The future of the ambulance and other local urgent response services will be discussed at a meeting at Samuel King's School tonight.

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