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The Big Chill

Five hundred swimmers brave the cold in order to take part in the open water event at Coniston.

Early swimmers take to the water. Credit: ITV Border
Safety boats on hand to protect those taking part. Credit: ITV Border
Competitors tackle the five mile course around the lake. Credit: ITV Border
The final finishers expected to hit home around 3pm. Credit: ITV Border
Idyllic setting and conditions for the race. Credit: ITV Border

Call for GP surgery funding

Lack of funding could result in the closure of GP surgeries in rural areas.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has called for a special fund to be set up to support GPs' surgeries in isolated rural areas, including parts of the Lake District.

Due to an income guarantee scheme being withdrawn, Mr Farron said that surgeries in Coniston and Hawkshead could be at risk of closure.

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Turner Prize art work to come to Coniston

Laure Prouvost (left) with nominees David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Credit: PA

This year's Turner Prize-winning art work is to go on display in a Cumbria, where is was conceived and created.

Laure Prouvost won the prize at a ceremony in Londonderry, Northern Ireland on Monday.

Her installation 'Wantee' was inspired by the artist Kurt Schwitters who lived in Coniston the 1940s.

The exhibition will move to the Ruskin Museum in Coniston on 24 Janurary.

Original 'Amazon' boat on display

The restored 'Amazon' boat Credit: ITV News

The 'Swallows and Amazons' story is being revisited in Coniston - an area where the book was highly influenced and inspired by.

The boat gets its fame from the 'Swallows and Amazons' book Credit: ITV News

An original dinghy used by the children of the Altouyan family - who the characters in Ransome's book are thought to be based on - is on display in the village's Ruskin Museum.

The boat is on display at the Ruskin Museum Credit: ITV News
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