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Brunton Park to host thousands of carol singers

A crowd of 2,500 is expected at Carlisle United's Brunton Park on Sunday afternoon for a special carol singing event.

The Silent Night Carols service has been organised by HOPE Carlisle, which helps bring churches together to transform communities.

The service will give people the chance to celebrate Christmas as well as the opportunity to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One.

The moment when the battlefield guns fell silent on Christmas Day in 1914 and soldiers from both sides sang carols and played football during a temporary truce, will also be marked.

The gates will open at 3pm on Sunday 14 December, with pre-service events running from 3.30pm, ahead of the service which stars at 4pm.

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MP supports Small Business Saturday

"It's a great day for small businesses, not just in Carlisle but up and down the country, small businesses make up 97% of all businesses, half of all private sector employees and a major part of our national economy as well as our local economy, so I think today is a great opportunity for people to come out and support local businesses."

– John Stevenson MP, Con: Carlisle

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Police are looking for the owner of the bicycle. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Police in Cumbria are trying to return this bicycle to its owner.

It was recovered after a 17-year-old boy was arrested in Carlisle at around 4am this morning.

He remains in custody.

"We have released pictures of the bike in the hope that someone will recognise it.

We ask people to check their outbuildings and sheds to make sure their bike isn’t missing.

If you believe it is your property, please contact me at Cumbria Police on 101."

– T/Detective Sergeant David Howard

Carlisle's Viceroy placed second best in the 'Oscars of the Curry World'

An Indian restaurant in Carlisle has beat thousands of rivals to be named as the second best in the north west in this year’s British Curry Awards in London.

The Viceroy, in Rigg Street, Shaddongate is run by Mr Ali, 59, who has had his restaurant in Carlisle for the last 34 years.

Last year’s awards were supported by Prime Minister David Cameron, who gave his personal backing to the task of promoting new talent in the curry restaurant business.

This year’s British Curry Awards finals were held on Monday at the Battersea Evolution Hotel in London. The winner of the north west heat was the Lancashire-based Blue Tiffen restaurant.

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