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Amateur jockey preparing for ride of his life

Keith Oakes Credit: ITV Border

An amateur jockey from Appleby is preparing to take part in the world's biggest charity race day.

Keith Oakes had no experience as a horse racer, but he began training at a local racing yard around 18 months ago.

He's now saddling up for the Best Western Macmillian Charity Race in York this summer.

It is always something that I wanted to do but never had the opportunity.

I thought I would challenge myself to see if I could get to that level and take part in it and also raise a lot of money on the way for the Macmillian charity."

– Keith Oakes


Appleby landslip closes Settle to Carlisle line

Credit: Network Rail

The Settle to Carlisle railway line was shut to all trains last night after aerial monitoring confirmed the scale of ground movement in the railway embankment at Appleby.

Engineers are planning repairs to fix the issue and minimise the chances of further landslips in the same area in the future.

A road replacement service for passengers will be in place between Appleby and Carlisle.

Consistent high levels of rainfall have saturated the ground and caused this slip, which has affected the stability of the railway through the area. Our aerial footage highlighted the scale of ground movement which has led us to close the line as a precaution while we confirm the next steps to tackle this issue. We do know extensive repairs will be needed to fix this."

– Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail


Watch: National Flood Forum trailer visits communities across the region

The National Flood Forum and The Environment Agency are touring some of the worst hit flood areas in a trailer to learn what they can from local residents.

Tim Backshall went to visit the trailer in Appleby. Watch his report here:

Former Appleby woman completes bi-plane flight to Australia

Tracey Curtis-Taylor arriving in Sydney Credit: ITV News

A woman, who grew up in Cumbria, has touched down in Australia after a 13,000 mile flight in a vintage bi-plane.

Tracey Curtis-Taylor was recreating the journey made by the British adventurer Amy Johnson, who became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930.

She said she was "euphoric" at completing her "huge adventure"

Tracey, who spent most of her teenage years in Appleby, set off in a 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft from Farnborough, Hampshire, in October.

She flew across 23 countries, making 50 refuelling stops over the course of three months, and has now arrived at Sydney Airport.

She posted on Facebook: "Finished Sydney Airport! End of huge adventure, thank you everyone who supported me."

She said Johnson had been a great inspiration to her throughout the journey:

"You can't do this without a great sense of empathy and sympathy for what she went through, what she achieved is so brilliant.

"I just take my hat off to what she pushed herself to, right on the limits of endurance. She was on the verge of nervous exhaustion when she finished, it's an astonishing survival story, all done by a slip of a girl at the age of 26 with little flying experience.

"This generation needs to know what the pioneers achieved and how they resolved to break the records."

She recreated the essence of Johnson's era of flying with an open cockpit, stick and rudder flying with basic period instruments and a short range between landing points.

She said the highlights of her journey included flying over the Dead Sea, the deserts of Arabia, the mountains of Burma and the coastline of Thailand.


Appleby prepares for fourth flood

The town of Appleby is preparing to face its fourth flood this week. The town suffered again on Boxing Day but river levels did not rise high enough to flood properties, although it did flood the main road through the town in the Sands area.

Meanwhile, a group of 50 volunteers from the Masjid e Tauheedul Islam Mosque in Blackburn have been in the town helping to hand out curries to flood victims as well as moving furniture and helping to clean up flood hit properties.

The volunteers arrived despite the fact that parts of their own community in Lancashire have been hit by flooding today.

"We decided to come here last week.

"And that's why we kept our commitment. Meanwhile in Blackburn there's a flood but we are not allowed to go in the area because the water's too high at the moment so hopefully in a day or two when the water's a bit lower, we'll go there and do the same again in Blackburn, Preston, Ribble and Ribchester as well."

– Irfan Balapatel, Vounteer, Masjid e Tauheedul Islam Mosque
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