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Cumbrian villagers step up to save local shop

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Residents in a Cumbrian village who have seen a demise in local services are now clubbing together to save their only shop.

The group, called the Hallbankgate Hub, needs to raise over £70,000 to buy the store, which also houses a post office and library service.

If successful, they are hoping to expand the shop to include a community hub with a cafe area.

Villagers in bid to buy local Co-op

A community in North Cumbria are holding a fundraising event today in a bid to buy their local Co-op.

The shop in Hallbankgate, which includes a post office, is due to close next month.

Villagers have been given six months to raise up to £100,000 to buy the shop, the only one in the village.

Bosses at Scotmid, the firm that runs Lakes and Dales Co-operative, say that due to a low turnover they are being forced to sell it or close it.

Campaigners at The Hallbankgate Hub, which is fighting to stop the closure, say they now have enough money from the Farlam Parish Trust to start the bidding process to buy the Co-op.

The event this afternoon is at the Lacy Thompson Hall in Hallbankgate from 1pm to 5pm and will feature local producers, artist, an historical display, a popup cafe, and information about the campaign.


A Titanic performance

Children filming their Titanic school performance Credit: ITV Border

Nearly one hundred pupils from two north Cumbrian primary school have taken part in a special event to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Children from Hallbankgate Primary and Hayton Primary have taken part in a series of performances.

It's the culmination of four month's work.