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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

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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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1964 video shows last train in Silloth

An exhibition is being held to remember when the last train pulled into Silloth.

When the Carlisle to Silloth railway closed in 1964, there was public uproar. Silloth had been a popular seaside resort for people in Cumbria but was closed as part of the Beeching cuts on this day, 50 years ago.

Below, a man explains his disappointment to see the last train to pull into Silloth:

Harry's letters from WW1 go home to Carlisle

One of Harry's letters Credit: ITV Border

A collection of 150 letters are to go on display at a Military Museum in Carlisle.

The hoard was collected by the museums curator following a phone call from a relative of soldier Harry Canham, who served with the Kings Own Border Regiment.

The nearly complete collection documents his time fighting in the Far East.

The equivalent of one a week was sent during his time there. Only two are missing from the collection.

Harry Canham, soldier with the Kings Own Border Regiment Credit: ITV Border

"He's telling his family when he is embarking from Southampton on his way he drops off at Alexandria for refuelling, re-provision of the shop and onwards through the Suez Canal to the Far East. So it is just mundane stuff but of vital importance in these years of commemoration of the First World War."

– Tony Goddard, Curator of The Military Museum of Life
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