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Due to an income guarantee scheme being withdrawn, Mr Farron said that surgeries in Coniston and Hawkshead could be at risk of closure.


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


'Swallows and Amazons' boathouse up for sale

A piece of the Lake District's sailing history is going under the hammer.

The boathouse at Coniston Water was the inspiration for Arthur J. Ransome's famous book 'Swallows and Amazons.'

Written in 1930, the book tells the story of children from two families learning to sail on the lake, and about their summer adventures.

Arthur Ransome spent his summers at Coniston as a house guest of the Altouyan family whose children he taught to sail - and who the characters in 'Swallows and Amazons' are believed to have been based on.

'Lady in the Lake' killer inquest decision

An inquest jury has decided that a man who killed his wife and dumped her body in Coniston Water in Cumbria committed suicide in jail.

Gordon Park was serving a life sentence at a prison in Lancashire for what was known as the 'Lady in the Lake' murder.

The body of his first wife Carol was found by an amateur diver 21 years after he killed her with an ice axe.

The inquest at Preston heard that Park had become increasingly depressed in jail after his appeal was dismissed and he was refused visits by a church pastor.


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