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Candle lighting ceremony in Kendal

A candle on a memorial plaque at the end of the railway tracks at Birkenau Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A special candle lighting ceremony has taken place in Kendal to mark 70 years since the holocaust of World War Two.

The town is one of 70 around the country to be chosen to have a candle designed by the world renowned artist, Sir Anish Kapoor.

It was selected because of it's links to the so-called "Windermere boys" who came to the Lake District to recover after surviving the Theresienstadt concentration camps in Czechoslovakia.

Three hundred Jewish boys and girls came to the site at Troutbeck Bridge which is now the Lakes School.

One of the Windermere Boys, Joe Berger, who was 12 when he came to the Lake District, carried out the candle lighting ceremony.

He described what it was like when he first arrived in the Lake District.

"It was heaven after two and a half years in the camps. You had plenty to eat, slept in a bed, you could only go up. It was heaven."

– Joe Berger, Holocaust survivor

He said what happened must never be forgotten.

Tomorrow marks 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, the largest of the Nazi death camps.

Kendal marks 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945 Credit: Frank Schumann/dpa

A ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is taking place in Kendal today.

Joe Berger, a survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, will lead the ceremony.

In 1945, the Lake District became home to three hundred holocaust survivors hoping to start a new life, many of them in Windermere.


Man charged after Kendal knifepoint robbery

A man has been charged in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Kendal, last Saturday 17 January.

It happened at around 5pm at Lound Road Garage, when an offender stole between £400 and £500.

Craig Jackson, 43, of Aynam Road, Kendal, has been charged with robbery, threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of cannabis.

He is due to appear at South Lakeland Magistrates Court today

Police seek public help over knifepoint robbery

Police in Cumbria are appealing for public information as they investigate a knifepoint robbery in Kendal.

The robbery took place at the Lound Road Garage in the town on Saturday at 5pm. A staff member at the garage was threatened with a knife, and the robber made off with up to £500.

Police are looking for clothing that may have belonged to the robber, and are also asking for any witnesses to contact them.

A 43-year-old Kendal man has been arrested in connection with the robbery.

Detective Inspector Dave Stalker has appealed to people that may have information.

Police search for knifepoint robber's clothing

Police are searching for clothing as they investigate a knifepoint robbery in Kendal.

They've asked members of the public to contact them if certain items of clothing are discovered.

A 43-year-old man from Kendal has been arrested in connection with the robbery at Lound Road garage on Saturday afternoon, when a staff member was threatened with a knife

Detective Inspector Dave Stalker explains what they are looking for.


Man arrested following Kendal knifepoint robbery

A 43-year-old man from Kendal has been arrested in connection with a knifepoint robbery at the garage on Lound Road.

A male offender took off with up to £500 in cash after threatening a staff member with a knife at 5pm on Saturday 17th November. No one was injured.

The offender has been described as a white male, of medium-to-stocky build with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a dark Adidas top with white stripes down the sleeves, a camouflage gillet, a green balaclava with larges holes for the mouth and eyes, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Police ask people if they have seen any of these items of clothing to get in touch.

Knifepoint robbery at Kendal garage

A staff member at a garage in Kendal has been threatened and robbed at knifepoint.

It happened at around 5pm yesterday (Saturday 17 January) at the garage on Lound Road in the town.

A man entered the garage and threatened a staff member with a knife demanding cash from the till. He stole between £400 and £500. No-one was injured.

Witnesses can contact Cumbria Police by calling 101.

We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time to get in contact. Thankfully nobody was injured during this incident and police are currently making enquiries to identify who is responsible.”

– Inspector Paul Latham, Cumbria Police

Cumbrian climber could take crown

The first Brit to free climb El Capitan's Dawn Face could be Cumbrian Credit: RTV

One of Britain's best rock climbers has claimed that the first Brit to free climb El Capitan's notorious Dawn Face could be from Cumbria.

This prediction comes in the week that the summit in Yosemitie National Park was scaled by free climbers for the first time ever.

Neil Gresham, who's from Kendal, has said that Cumbrian born Leo Houlding shows most promise to take the crown of Brit who reaches the top first.

Mountain rescue team's safety tips for 2015

Patterdale's Mountain Rescue team has been called out on its first rescue of 2015.

Not long after ITV Border filmed their training session on Sunday 4th January, the team helped a man with a broken ankle on Hallin Fell near Ullswater.

Last year was the team's busiest year in its 50 year history so team leader Mike Blakey is stressing safety advice for 2015:

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