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Special Constabulary praised for work at the Cumberland Show

Cumbria's Special Constabulary have been praised for their volunteer work at the Cumberland Show.

A team of special constables gave time to patrol, manage traffic and help the public at the event.

The Cumberland Show committee rewarded the team with a cheque for £500, which will be donated to the Carlisle Youth Zone.

'Carlisle Youth Zone believes passionately in giving young people opportunities to engage in positive and meaningful activities and we’re delighted that Cumbria Special Constabulary clearly feels the same way.

With this generous donation we can ensure that more young people can participate in activities, trips, and projects encouraging personal responsibility, tolerance, and respect.'

– Lynsey Buckle, Development Manager for Carlisle Youth Zone

'The Special Constabulary continues to provide support to the regular force and provide a policing resource when and where it is needed.

This is a perfect example of how the Special Constabulary continues to support the communities of Cumbria by supporting Carlisle Youth Zone to provide further opportunities for young people.

This shows the dedication and commitment of all officers involved. We are very grateful for the kind donation to Carlisle Youth Zone'.

– Lee Grieves, Special Chief Inspector

Visitor numbers soar at Cumberland Show

Organisers of the Cumberland Show say that the number of people through the gates was well up on figures from last year.

Thousands of visitors turned out for the 176th event which was held at Carlisle Racecourse.

The event is a highlight in the agricultural calendar, and luckily the rain held off for the day.

Farming Minister George Eustice praised the show for bringing both city and rural communities together

"I think it's really important these events to bring town and country closer together because all too often i think we've got a bit of a divide between town and country and people lose contact and lose touch with the farming industry.

"I don't think it happens as much in Cumbria because it is a very rural area but these shows are just vitally important i think to help promote farming and promote public understanding of it."

– George Eustice, Farming Minister

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Government spending £4m to find Bovine TB vaccine

Farming Minister George Eustice has told this programme that the Government are spending £4 million to try and eradicate bovine TB.

He said the recent outbreak of the disease in our region and around the country is a worry.

Mr Eustice said the Government is doing all it can to eradicate the disease. He was speaking at the Cumberland Show.

Cumberland Show opens in Carlisle

The 176th Cumberland Show starts today. The annual event at Carlisle Racecourse attracts up to 20 thousand people.

They've been making last minute preparations for a nine thirty start this morning when judging begins in earnest. Visitors will see everything from horse drawn carriage racing to Cumberland wrestling and terrier racing. There will also be zip wires at this year's event

"The Cumberland Show combines tradition and agriculture with a fresh, modern focus to create a real celebration of farming, food and countryside.

"The top quality animals on show offer the best exhibiting experience in the region. The facilities available at our venue create a day of quality and value for all involved."

– Spokesperson Cumberland Show

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Organisers hoping 175th Cumberland show is a racing success

Stands and exhibitions ready for visitors Credit: ITV News Border

Final preparations are taking place for the 175th Cumberland Show at Carlisle Racecourse tomorrow.

Thousands of visitors are expected as it is one of the largest agricultural shows in the region, and a major red letter day for North Cumbria's farming community.

For the first time in more than half a decade it seems people will be able to leave their umbrellas at home, with sunshine expected all weekend.

Final preparations for 175th Cumberland Show Credit: ITV News Border