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From scallops to radioactive sludge

An Appleby company's equipment could help remove radioactive sludge from Sellafield Credit: ITV Border

An Appleby company that began by making scallop dredging equipment for the fishing industry has adapted its technology to help clean up nuclear sites.

Barrnon Ltd has developed two pieces of robotic equipment that can remove radioactive sludge from the storage ponds at Sellafield.

The prototypes have been developed at the National Nuclear Laboratory in Workington.


A66 dangers discussed with public

Drivers are being asked their opinions of the A66 between Brough and Appleby. The eight mile stretch has been identified as one of the most dangerous in Cumbria and now engineers have held a public meeting to ask local people why it's so dangerous.

Jonathan Reade is from the Highways Agency and explains why the public's views are important:


An historic stage for an historic play

The owners of Appleby Castle are hoping it will receive a tourism boost after staging three open air performances of Shakespeare plays.

Macbeth is being staged twice today, Friday 8th August. The actors are members of the GB Theatre Company and include Joyce Branagh, the sister of Kenneth Branagh.

The Comedy of Errors was performed last night, August 7th.

Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare in 1623 Credit: ITV Border
The play is considered by many as one of his darkest Credit: ITV Border
The GB Theatre Company perform classic plays around the UK and overseas Credit: ITV Border

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.

Clean-up begins at Europe's biggest horse fair

The clean-up is underway today in Appleby as Europe's biggest traveller and horse fair draws to a close.

Around 40,000 people are thought to have been at the event - the highest number the fair has seen in recent years.

The gathering attracts people from all over the country and beyond. This year's fair has been hailed a success by police and organisers - who say despite the high numbers, there has been relatively little trouble.

Tim Backshall reports.

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