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Solfest to return

The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria. Credit: ITV Border

One of Cumbria's top music festivals is returning.

Solfest didn't run this year, but organisers have announced it'll be back next August. The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria.

That's a boost for the region's music scene, as last year Cockrock and the Whitehaven Festival were also cancelled.

Solar park approved

Artist's impression of a solar park Credit: ITV Border

A solar park in Cumbria has been given the go ahead after the Government decided not to oppose the plans.

The photovoltaic solar park will cover eight fields at Pasture Farm near Aspatria.

Allerdale Borough Council had initially approved the plans but it was delayed by a last minute intervention from Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. He had received a request from protestors to hold a public inquiry.

But after examining the issue Mr. Pickles has decided to allow the original decision to stand.

Opponents had tried to stop the plan, by Livos Energy, on the grounds that the solar panels would industrialise the landscape. The area already has a number of wind farms.

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Mud and slurry on the line stops train services

Mud and slurry blocking the Newcastle-Carlisle line. Credit: Network rail

A mudslide in Cumbria has stopped all train services between Newcastle and Carlisle.

Network Rail workers are currently on-site trying to pump mud and slurry off the tracks.

Despite earlier indications that the line would re-open at 12, Network Rail said they are doing "everything they can" but could not confirm a time for the service to return to normal.

Replacement bus services are in place.

The train line is blocked at Brampton Fell, just outside Brampton. Credit: Network Rail

Train line expected to reopen at 12noon

Mud on the line has suspended all services between Carlisle and Newcastle.

The line is has been closed since 9am this morning and expected to reopen at around 12noon once the debris on the line just outside Brampton has been cleared.

A spokesman from ScotRail said: "We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by this incident, which was beyond our control."

Replacement bus services are running between Carlisle and Hexham and Hexham and Newcastle.

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Family tribute to motorcyclist crash victim

Josh Wilson Credit: Josh Wilson's family

Josh Wilson, 18, died following a road accident on Thursday 25 September at Heathfield Bridge in West Cumbria.

The teenager, from Aspatria, was riding his motorbike at the time of the crash.

His family says Josh will be "dearly missed" and describe him as being "single-minded, head strong, level-headed and very practical."

Josh was keen to be an organ donor and his family says it has brought a "great deal of comfort knowing that he’s managed to help so many as a result of his tragic death."

Family pay tribute to "level headed" teen

Credit: Wilson Family

The family of 18-year-old Josh Wilson, who was killed in a motorbike accident in Aspatira, have paid tribute to a "level headed and practical boy who will be sorely missed."

He was riding his motorbike when the accident happened at Heathfield Bridge on Thursday 25th September.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, but died on Friday 26th September.

"Joshua 'Josh' Alan Wilson will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

"His family describe him as being single minded, head strong, level headed and very practical.

"His family are very proud of the fact that Josh was keen to be an organ donor and it has brought a great deal of comfort to them knowing that he’s managed to help so many as a result of his tragic death."

– Family statement
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