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New councillor elected for Carlisle Castle division

Castle has 4,813 voters, meaning turnout was 22%. Credit: ITV Border

A new councillor has been elected for the Castle division in Carlisle City Council.

Labour councillor Alan McGuckin won the election with 389 votes.

The by-election was held following the death of Labour councillor Willie Whalen in June.

The political make-up of the 84 elected members in Cumbria County Council is now:

  • Labour: 36
  • Conservative: 26
  • Liberal Democrat: 14
  • Independent: 6
  • Non-aligned: 1
  • Vacant: 1


Detailing the life of a 'Cracker Packer'

The term 'cracker packer' will be familiar to anyone who grew up in Carlisle. It is the name long given in the city to workers at Carrs Biscuit factory.

A new book by Cumbrian author Hunter Davies explores the lives of six women who spent their lives on the production lines over a period of fifty years. Ryan Dollard reports.

Completely crackers: New book tells of 'Biscuit Girls'

A new book has been released chronicling the lives of women working in one of Carlisle's most famous businesses for over fifty years.

"The Biscuit Girls" by Cumbrian author Hunter Davies tells the stories of six so called cracker packers working in the Carrs Biscuit factory:

Ivy Graham Former biscuit worker


Exhibition takes rail track back 50 years

It's 50 years on since that the railway line from Carlisle to the seaside town, Silloth, was closed. Generations of Cumbrians used to take the train there for their holidays.

But thanks to Doctor Beeching's cuts, the line was closed and the last train ran on September 6th 1964. We start Matthew Taylor's report with footage of that very journey, shot 50 years ago.

Businesses debate effect of referendum on Cumbria

The meeting is held at Carlisle Racecourse Credit: ITV Border

Business people and MPs are gathering to discuss what effect the referendum vote will have for businesses in Cumbria.

Organised by the Institute of Directors, the meeting at Carlisle Racecourse will host a debate to a panel of 'Yes' and 'No' politicians and business leaders.

The Institute of Directors, who organised the event, have not expressed a position on the issue Credit: ITV Border

Man and child struck by hit and run car

A 13-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after a hit and run incident in in Carlisle.

At 9.10pm on the 3rd September a 13-year-old boy, riding his bike on the pavement on Orton Road, was knocked off by a reversing car. The car then drove off without stopping. The boy was taken to Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries.

Police also believe that the vehicle hit an unknown man. The collision occurred on Orton Road near to the junction with Shadygrove Road.

The car has been described as a small dark vehicle, possibly a Volkswagen.

Police believe that the incidents may have been deliberate and are asking for the unknown male, who was hit, to get in touch.

Anyone with information should contact the police.

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