Live updates

Communities turn out in force for Tour of Britain in Cumbria

Thousands of people have turned out to watch the country's most prestigious cycling race in Cumbria.

Youngsters at a primary school in Lazonby enjoyed an active day in honour of the cyclists passing through their village. Not a bad way to spend the first day back at school!

Kim Inglis spent the day time with them:

Advertisement

Olympic hero meets young fans in Carlisle

Eight times Olympic medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins meets young fans in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins has met young fans in Carlisle ahead of the start of Britain's biggest cycle.

Today's stage two of the Tour of Britain runs from Carlisle to Kendal with the race getting underway in Carlisle city centre at 11am.

Before the race Sir Bradley, who has won five Olympic gold medals as well the 2012 Tour de France, this morning visited the Carlisle branch of electrical wholesaler YESSS Electrical.

The company sponsors Wiggins and his cycling team.

Advertisement

Call for action plan for Dumfries town centre

Dumfries town centre Credit: ITV Border

Members of Loreburn Community Council are calling on Dumfries and Galloway Council to put together an urgent action plan for the town centre.

Councillors Niall Cowan and Noel Hastings carried out a brief survey of the town centre to assess the number of empty shops, the cleanliness of the streets, the potential for housing and rateable values of properties.

Following their findings, they're asking Dumfries and Galloway Council to work with them to create an urgent action plan which they say will improve the town centre and encourage more people to spend money in Dumfries.

"It was noted that many properties in the High Street have space above the shops that could, with a degree of sympathy from planners, be turned into much needed housing.

"The survey carried out a count of the properties in the town centre and found around 74 to be empty.

"The High Street badly needs some atmosphere, some hustle and bustle in the evening to bring people in and create the much needed night time economy. "

– Niall Cowan, Lorebrun Community Council

Cumbrian business leaders hear from economy experts

Business leaders from across Cumbria have been hearing about the state of the global economy at a special lecture organised by the University of Cumbria.

It was part of the university's aim to share knowledge and expertise by bringing business experts to the county.

"It's really important because we're a regional university but we are globally connected and anything we can do to elevate global issues to our business community and to our students is vitally important."

– Sandra Booth, University of Cumbria
Load more updates