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Driver arrested for drug-driving after hitting elderly man

Egremont's Main Street outside the Co-Op store Credit: Google maps

A van driver has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving after an elderly man was knocked over in Egremont.

It happened on Egremont's Main Street outside the Co-Op store at 7am on Saturday 24 March.

The 78-year-old man suffered serious injuries and remains in a stable condition at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The van driver, a 27-year-old man from St Helens, Merseyside, has been released under further investigation.

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Cumbria residents invited to learn new skills

Attendees will be able to try Calligraphy Credit: Florence Arts Centre

Workshops will be held at an arts centre in West Cumbria, where attendees can try partake in different activities.

Activities on offer at Florence Arts Centre, in Egremont, include stitching, painting, playing the ukulele and learning to do calligraphy.

We’ve been working together with a number of local artists to open up the arts centre to more and more workshop opportunities and we’re excited to see such a diverse range on offer this year. Clearing out some of the back rooms has given us more spaces, plus for the first time we can use our own secret garden too! We hope to continue building a roster of classes so that FAC is a place where people can not only be entertained but be inspired and encouraged to learn new skills.

– Craig Carruthers, Florence Arts Centre Manager

The workshop is being held in conjunction with a calligraphy exhibition at Florence's gallery, where a member of the Eden Valley Scribes will give informal handwriting sessions with member of the public for free, It will take place on Saturday 13th May and Saturday 20th May.

Science star Brian Cox to headline Cumbrian festival

Professor Brian Cox has achieved a Guinness World Record title for Most Tickets Sold For A Science Tour. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/PA Images

TV star and Professor of Particle Physics, Brian Cox, will headline a science festival that is being held in Cumbria.

The Infinity Festival is a programme for secondary school students, which will be held in September at West Lakes Academy in Egremont.

More than 200 13-14 year old pupils will attend, and it's hoped the festival will inspire them to consider studying science, technology, engineering and maths.

We are absolutely delighted to be supporting the React Foundation, the festival’s organiser, who’ve brought experts in robots, insects, crime mapping, aircraft design, nuclear reactors and other areas to Cumbria and who do so much to inspire young people into STEM.

– Prof Julie Mennell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria
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