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Taste Cumbria Christmas is underway in Cockermouth

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The second Taste Cumbria Christmas is underway in Cockermouth this weekend

The inaugural event came just a week after Storm Desmond swamped the town last December.

The festival builds on the success of the main Taste Cumbria event, organised in association with Cumbria Life magazine, which takes place during the last weekend of September.

Other spin-off events are now held all over the county, with more planned for 2017.

It was the popularity of the big Taste Cumbria festival which drove food and drink producers from around the county to ask us to arrange the first Taste Cumbria Christmas festival last year, and we couldn't wait to do it all again in 2016.

We know people will travel for two hours or more to go to a proper Christmas market - now they have one here in Cumbria.

Last year's event in Cockermouth came just a week after the county was hit by Storm Desmond.

It took the most amazing grit and resilience from the community to make sure the event happened, and the response from people who were determined to support their local producers and businesses was fantastic.

– Marie Whitehead, Taste Cumbria organiser

WATCH: Flood responders sign up in Cockermouth

A new flood response group was officially launched in Cockermouth today.

Cockermouth Emergency Response Group's stated aim is "to ensure the community in the town is better prepared for flooding".

The group was created by Churches Together, Rotary and Cockermouth Flood Action Group, and is being supported by the town, borough and county councils.

It was formed in the wake of last year's floods when large parts of the town were inundated with water.

Watch Matthew Taylor's full report:

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Taste Cumbria gets underway in Cockermouth

Taste Cumbria comes to Cockermouth Credit: ITV Border

A festival celebrating the best food and drink Cumbria has to offer has been taking place in Cockermouth

The Taste Cumbria event attracts around 40,000 people each year. It began in 2010, in response to flooding in Cockermouth in 2009. Organisers say the event is 'critically important' as the town again recovers from flooding.

"It's critically important, that's why we work so closely with Allerdale Borough Council and Cockermouth Town Council to bring this event onto Main Street and it comes with its difficulties. It would be quite easy to put on a festival in field in the middle of nowhere without road closures and the inconvenience that comes with that but when you see how busy the shops are that's why it's really really important"

– Organiser Marie Whitehhead

Watch Hannah McNulty's full report from the event below:

Cumbrian cricket star due MRI scan on calf injury

Ben Stokes is out for the rest of the season due to a calf injury Credit: PA images

There are fears that Ben Stokes could be out for the rest of the season due to an injury.

It happened during the second Investec Test against Pakistan, England and Wales Cricket Board announced he will have an MRI scan on Tuesday on a calf injury he has suffered.

The England all-rounder from Cockermouth had to miss the rest of the series against Sri Lanka after he underwent knee surgery in May.

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Police concern for missing west Cumbria man

Missing man Barrie Lee. Credit: Cumbria Police.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 30-year-old man who has gone missing in the Cockermouth area.

Barrie Colin Lee, of no fixed abode, was last seen at a friend’s property on Sullart Street, Cockermouth, at 8pm on Friday 1st July.

The missing man has connections to the Workington area.

Enquiries are ongoing to locate Mr Lee and police are appealing to anyone who may know of his whereabouts to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police immediately on 101.

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