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Wordsworth House celebrates bumper year

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Wordsworth House in Cockermouth has had its busiest visitor season for five years.

More than 29,000 people visited to the childhood home of the world famous poet between March and October.

Two special exhibitions were held, which saw a visitor increase of 15 percent on the previous year.

The house was affected by flooding in 2015 along with the rest of the town, but reopened in April 2016 following extensive repairs.

"Both the flood in 2009 and 2015 did hit us very hard, there was an awful lot of work for the staff team over both of those winters.

"So it's taken a little while to get back on track, but it's really nice to sort of feel we're on an upward trajectory now with that."

– Zoe Gilbert, Wordsworth House

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Police search for missing teenager

Missing 17-year-old Brandon Watson from Cockermouth. Credit: Tyne Tees

Police are searching for missing 17-year-old Brandon Watson from Cockermouth.

Brandon was last seen on Fitz Road in Cockermouth, at 5.30pm on 5th July.

Brandon is 5ft 7ins tall and of slim build.

He may be wearing a grey tracksuit.

Although he lives in Cockermouth, he also has connections to Workington and police are asking anyone who has seen him to get in touch.

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Ben Stokes to welcome cricket stars to Cockermouth

Ben Stokes Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images

Cockermouth cricket star Ben Stokes is to host a PCA Masters day at Cockermouth Cricket Club.

Stokes wanted to repay the club for his early years and to leave a legacy for the next generation of local cricket stars.

The PCA Masters day, being held on Thursday 10th August, will see some of the country's top ex-international cricketers take on the Cockermouth team.

There will also be junior competitions held throughout the day and a special question and answer session with Stokes.

The club was badly flooded in both 2009 and 2015 and say the day will help to mark the long recovery.

Both corporate and general tickets sales will begin on 1st June.

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