The market town of Alston has been awarded £1.7million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to attract extra visitors and boost the local economy. Hannah McNulty reports.
People in Alston want the area's secondary school and two primary schools to be merged, according to a consultation.
Earlier this year Cumbria County Council carried out an informal consultation to consider the future of Samuel King’s, Nenthead and Alston schools.
It got almost 350 responses, and 59.4 percent favoured the creation of one 'all-through' school, where
That was because the number of pupils at the schools has fallen, and current arrangements are not sustainable.
A working group will now be established to research the proposals.
The Romans arrived in Alston today (Saturday 30th August) for an educational festival.
The initiative, which was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aimed to educate people about what life was like in Roman Britain in the year 201 AD.
The displays included battle reenactments, period cookery demonstrations and a military hospital.
Alston is being transformed back to 200 AD to teach people about Roman life.
People can watch period cookery demonstrations, battle re-enactments and get a glimpse of battlefield war wounds in a Roman hospital.
Pottery workshops and craft stalls will also be held in St Augustine's Church.
A 19-year-old horse-rider in Alston has received serious head and pelvic injuries after being thrown off a horse.
She was stabilised and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance.
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:
Four schoolboys from Alston, Cumbria, have found an ancient gold hair tress.
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:
A group of school boys from Cumbria have unearthed a 4,000-year-old gold ornament during a dig in Northumberland.
The Alston Primary School pupils were taking part in an excavation at Kirkhaugh when they came across the hair tress hidden in a burial mound.
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.
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.