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Historic Coniston church clock silenced overnight

St Andrew's Church will no longer chime over night Credit: ITV Border

An historic church clock in Coniston will no longer chime overnight, after the owners of a local hotel complained it was damaging trade by keeping guests awake at night.

The bells at St Andrew's Church have rung through the day and night since 1890.

A spokesmen for the diocese said they understood concerns from the The Yewdale Hotel and were happy to reach a compromise. However, some locals say they want the bells to continue ringing as they have done for so many years.

WATCH: the £750,000 Coniston conservation scheme

A project to improve the water quality at Coniston has been awarded more than £750,000 of Lottery funding.

The water quality in the iconic lake has been declining in recent years, and the Conserving Coniston & Crake project has been set up to stop this.

The scheme is being led by South Cumbria Rivers Trust, and the local community's Coniston & Crake Catchment Partnership.

They will be arranging community conservation projects, and activities for families and local schools, and are calling for more volunteers to get involved.

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Resurrected Bluebird goes on display in Coniston

Bill Smith carries out the early stages of restoration on Donald Campbells Bluebird K7 in a small North Shields workshop. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Part of Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 boat has been installed in the Ruskin Museum in Coniston.

The boat was torn apart when it flipped while Donald Campbell was trying to break the water speed record on Coniston in 1967. He died instantly and parts of the boat lay on the bed of Coniston Water until 2001, when they were raised.

Two of the original conserved and reconfigured spars and some of the fairlings have been maneuvered into position into the museum, along with two replicated sponsons. The original sponsons were in the floating wreckage that were lost after the crash.

Other parts of the craft are still being restored in a small North Shields workshop, with the help of volunteers.

Power boats race across Coniston Water

Coniston Water has been alive with the sound of revving engines this week, as would-be world record breakers descend, to test their skills at high speed.

Whether it's on a power boat or a jet ski, thrill seekers have been reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour on a stretch of water made famous by the late Donald Campbell. Kate Walby has been taking in the action at the World Speed Records event.

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