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FULL REPORT: Comedy walk with serious side

A group of comedians have begun walking Hadrian's Wall to raise money for charity. The group are performing gigs en route to raise cash and awareness of ovarian cancer. One of the comics, Matthew Fong from Doncaster, lost his Mum to the disease two years ago.

Hannah McNulty spoke to them as they set off on their walk from Port Carlisle on the Solway Firth in Cumbria.


Have you heard the one about funny men on Hadrian's Wall?

They began their giggle in Port Carlisle this morning Credit: ITV Border

A group of comedians have begun walking the Hadrian's Wall route to raise money for charity.

Organised by Nick Banks from Hartlepool, the group set off from Port Carlisle on Friday morning.

They're performing free gigs along the way with the audience asked to donate money at the end.

One of the comedians, Matthew Fong, lost his mother to ovarian cancer two years ago, and money is being raised for the charity Ovacome.

Five year plan for Hadrians Wall World Heritage site

The organisation that promotes and protects one of Cumbria's biggest tourist attractions is coming up with a plan for its future.

That's despite the news last week that the Hadrian's Wall Trust is going to close because of money problems

The wall and the remains of the Roman forts along West Cumbria's coast make up the region's only World Heritage Site.

But the trust has vowed to come up with a five year plan, even though it's being wound up in the summer.


MP calls for 100,000 people to join torch-lit protest along Hadrian's Wall to show love for the UK

A Conservative MP has launched a campaign for 100,000 people to form a human chain along Hadrian's Wall, in a torch-lit demonstration of support for the UK.

Beacons were lit along the wall in 2010 to mark British Tourism Week Credit: John Giles/PA

Rory Stewart said he hoped to demonstrate how sorry English, Welsh and Irish people would be if Scottish people voted for independence.

Stewart, whose Penrith and the Border constituency encompasses the Cumbrian side of the English-Scottish border, launched "Hands Across the Border" with a speech at Westminster. Its co-founder, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, is a businesswoman and campaigner from North Northumberland.

The demonstration is due to take place on the evening of Saturday, 19th July.

Public asked to help save Hadrian's Wall

It attracts thousands of visitors a year, it's a World Heritage Site, but it's at risk.

Hadrian's Wall was built by the Romans 1,900 years ago.

Over the years, though, wind, weather and farm animals have taken their toll on the stones, and parts of the wall are badly in need of repair.

Now, the Trust which runs it has come up with a novel way of paying for the work.

Hannah McNulty reports.

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