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Second-largest crowd in Carlisle Racecourse's history

More than 10,000 people watched the Kaiser Chiefs last night, the second-largest crowd in Carlisle Racecourse's history

What an unbelievable evening! We had some great racing, including a photo-finish in the feature race. And then the Kaiser Chiefs werejust something else. The response from the crowd, both in their numbers and enthusiasm, really was special and I'd like to thank everyone for their support. Ricky Wilson (lead singer) is a supreme showman - and we've got Jessie J here next on Sunday July 27 and then Wet Wet Wet at Ultimate Ladies' Night on Monday August 4. It's going to be along, hot summer at Carlisle Racecourse."

– Geraldine McKay, General Manager Carlisle Racecourse


Stage set for Kaiser Chiefs

Giant stage at Carlisle Racecourse
The giant stage has gone up at Carlisle Racecourse where the Kaiser Chiefs will perform later Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

Final preparations are being made at Carlisle Racecourse ahead of a performance by the Kaiser Chiefs. An evening of racing will be followed by the Yorkshire band performing on a giant stage in front of thousands of people.

The Kaiser Chiefs topped the UK Album charts this year with their latest album: Education, Education, Education& War. Their hit singles include I Predict A Riot, Oh My God, Never Miss ABeat and Ruby, which also reached number one. They also played at Glastonbury last weekend.

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse General Manager said: "It's going to be a fantastic afternoon and evening, withquality racing followed by one of Britain's biggest and best-known bands."

Visitor numbers soar at Cumberland Show

Organisers of the Cumberland Show say that the number of people through the gates was well up on figures from last year.

Thousands of visitors turned out for the 176th event which was held at Carlisle Racecourse.

The event is a highlight in the agricultural calendar, and luckily the rain held off for the day.

Farming Minister George Eustice praised the show for bringing both city and rural communities together

"I think it's really important these events to bring town and country closer together because all too often i think we've got a bit of a divide between town and country and people lose contact and lose touch with the farming industry.

"I don't think it happens as much in Cumbria because it is a very rural area but these shows are just vitally important i think to help promote farming and promote public understanding of it."

– George Eustice, Farming Minister


Government spending £4m to find Bovine TB vaccine

Farming Minister George Eustice has told this programme that the Government are spending £4 million to try and eradicate bovine TB.

He said the recent outbreak of the disease in our region and around the country is a worry.

Mr Eustice said the Government is doing all it can to eradicate the disease. He was speaking at the Cumberland Show.

Cumberland Show opens in Carlisle

The 176th Cumberland Show starts today. The annual event at Carlisle Racecourse attracts up to 20 thousand people.

They've been making last minute preparations for a nine thirty start this morning when judging begins in earnest. Visitors will see everything from horse drawn carriage racing to Cumberland wrestling and terrier racing. There will also be zip wires at this year's event

"The Cumberland Show combines tradition and agriculture with a fresh, modern focus to create a real celebration of farming, food and countryside.

"The top quality animals on show offer the best exhibiting experience in the region. The facilities available at our venue create a day of quality and value for all involved."

– Spokesperson Cumberland Show
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