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People in Cockermouth have put a series of photos around the town's road works in hope that it will entice more people into the centre

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Cockermouth expansion into centre of motor excellence

A West Cumbrian firm has announced plans to expand - and is set to create a hundred jobs.

M-Sport at Dovenby near Cockermouth manufactures rally cars for the global market. It's set to build a centre of excellence for vehicle testing and evaluation.

It won't just be for motor sport, however, as the company is also targeting the general automotive industry.

Kim Inglis reports.

Beatrix Potter's farming focus unveiled in letters

Three letters written by Beatrix Potter are to be auctioned off in the Lake District.

Collectors from around the world are expected to bid for the items, written shortly before her death in 1943.

They reveal the author's love of the area, and the difficulties facing hill farmers before the end of the Second World War.

Paul Crone went to Cockermouth to see the letters.

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Beatrix Potter letters go under the hammer

Three letters written by Beatrix Potter are being auctioned in Cockermouth.

Four years ago a similar letter by the author of Peter Rabbit was sold for more than 4,000 pounds.

In these latest letters to a Lake District sheep farmer, words and pictures detail the harsh realities of farming the famous herdwick sheep.

They will be auctioned on March 20th.

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Cockermouth traders insist the town's "open for business"

Businesses and residents in Cockermouth are facing two and a half months of disruption after the main street was closed because of flood damage.

It's nearly 5 years since the town flooded but its effects have led to subsidence under the road.

The county council is spending 1 point 7 million pounds on repairs. Allerdale Borough Council is allowing shoppers to park free for up to two hours in some car parks to help traders who will be affected.

Some businesses fear that they may lose trade because of the closure and are hoping to get across the message that shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs and other outlets will all remain open during the work.

Fab Lab opens in West Cumbria

A new facility to help businesses and groups in West Cumbria develop design ideas has opened in Cockermouth.

The idea is that community groups, businesses, individual entrepreneurs and inventors can use the Fab Lab to design new products on digital programmes and have them created on site.

The sorts of things that can be developed are interior design products or anything that can be used as a prototype for engineering projects.

Designers based at the Fab Lab can help people make their products.

The only thing that the person has to pay for is the materials used in the products themselves.

The facility is funded through the Britain's Energy Coast economic development organisation which is an initiative that helps businesses in West Cumbria.

Flooding victim feels 'vindicated' by government's dredging announcement

A man from Cumbrian man who's campaigned for rivers to be dredged to prevent flooding says he feels vindicated by the government's announcement that it should be used more in future.

The issue has been dominating the political agenda, because of the severe flooding in Somerset.

Adrian Goldstein's home in Cockermouth was one of hundreds that were flooded in 2009.

He believes it wouldn't have happened if the stretch of river outside his house had been cleared of debris.

Tim Backshall reports

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