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Cumbria's sports stars awarded

Sports personalities from Cumbria and coaches of professional and amatuer clubs around the county have been honored in the Cumbria Sports Awards.

The awards, organised by Active Cumbria, celebrate the work of volunteers bringing different sports to their communities.

Here's a list of the winners:

  • Sports Personality of the Year: Tom Younger world Karate champion from Barrow-in-Furness
  • Cumbria Performance of the Year 2014: Nick Miller, GB's best hammer thrower
  • The Special Award: Stuart Airey, Bowls player who won Silver in 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Service to Sport: Mike ‘Nobby’ Clarke from Hawcoat Park Sports & Soocial Club in Barrow.
  • Young Sports Leader of the Year: Alice Bowler from Kendal School of Gymnastics
  • Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Moses from Barrow Amateur Boxing Club
  • Coach of the Year: Windermere Senior sailing instructor Ian Shirra, who has coached the GB Blind Sailing team
  • Community Group of the Year: Ulverston Triathlon Club, who have 300 members just 1 year after starting
  • Performance Award for People with a Disability: footballer Jake Brown from Barrow
  • Team of the Year: North Cumbria British Show Jumping Team, who are National Champions
  • Junior Team of the year: Dowdales School Year 11 Rugby League Team from Dalton-in-Furness, which is the National Rugby League Champion School
  • Junior Sports Personality of the Year: Speedway racer Kyle Bickle
  • The Brendan Jameson Be Inspired Award:Tyler Baines
  • 5 Rising Stars: Jack Smith from Carlisle for Swimming and Triathlon, Natasha Slater from Ulverston for Golf, Henrietta Colborne from Penrith for Cycling, Georgia Holmes from Haverigg for Cricket and Daniel Armstrong for water polo.

Assault in McDonalds - CCTV image released

The CCTV image shows a man police wish to speak to in connection with the assault. Credit: Cumbria Police
The CCTV image shows a man police wish to speak to in connection with the assault. Credit: Cumbria Police

CCTV images have been released of a man police wish to speak to in connection with an assault on a 16-year-old from Kendal.

It happened in McDonalds on Stricklandgate in Kendal around 8.10pm on the 9th October.

The offender challenged a group of young people about their behaviour before throwing a drink in the victim's face and punching him, resulting in a broken nose.

“We ask that anyone who has information about the incident or recognises the man from the CCTV images to get in touch. The victim was understandably shaken by the incident and we ask for the public’s help in tracing this man.”

– PC Claire Martin

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11,000 visited Kendal Mountain Festival

It's the biggest outdoor festival of it's kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors, putting the Lake District on the map for outdoor culture. Credit: ITV Border

The 15th Kendal Mountain Festival brought 11,000 people to South Lakeland and generated around £2million to the local economy, say organisers.

The 2014 festival, partly funded by South Lakeland District Council, brought together enthusiasts and experts for a weekend of films, talks and workshops.

Organisers of the festival say the success is down to the "programme mix, award-winning films and the main venue in Kendal.. which has become the hub of the festival."

Read: 15th Mountain Festival descends on Kendal

Man who fell off mountain in Mountain Festival film

Local climber Joe Beaumont fell 40 meters from a crag in Eskdale in 2011. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian film-makers are amongst those preparing to show their films on the big screen as thousands flock to Kendal for it's 15th Mountain Festival.

Dom Bush, a filmmaker and lecturer at Kendal College has made a film about local climber Joe Beaumont who fell 40 meters from a crag in Eskdale in 2011.

"I smashed the right side of my body, lost my elbow. I remained conscious but in intensive care in Whitehaven Hospital for two days. I don't remember anything of the accident but my new mantra is 'life started from the moment of impact'."

– Joe Beaumont, Climber from Kendal

'In the Frame' tells the story of how Joe pushed his body further than anyone thought possible and used sport as a way of rehabilitating himself.

In the last three years, he's competed in climbing competitions, done a triathlon and cycled to Ben Nevis.

"Climbing has given me the drive to set a goal and a find a way round a problem, and that's what this whole thing has been about. I had to learnt to walk and to live with a disability. You need short and long-term goals. At first it was figuring out how to get a cup of tea from the kitchen to the living room. I couldn't walk but I could cycle - one-legged - so I cycled 600 miles from the lowest to the highest point."

– Joe Beaumont, Climber from Kendal

All the profits from the film are going to local mountain rescue teams.

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Film to pay tribute to WW1 Cumbrian climbers

Credit: Herford: The Life and Death of the Edwardian Climber, Simon Gee.
Credit: Herford: The Life and Death of the Edwardian Climber, Simon Gee.

Cumbrian climbers who fell in WW1 are to be remembered in a moving tribute at Kendal Mountain Festival.

'Herford', a film by Simon Gee, a Director from Kirkby Stephen, will premiere this weekend's, along side pieces of theatre in a special production commissioned for the festival.

It tells the story of 20 Cumbrians who climbed in the Lake District at a time when climbing was much more dangerous than it is now. And yet, they fell in the trenches.

Herford tells the story behind just one of the hundreds of thousands of tombstones in Northern France.

Siegfried Herford climbed one of the hardest routes in the UK on Central Buttress, Scafell 100 years ago and is one of those remembered on the highest war memorial in the world, Great Gable.

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Mountain Festival could bring £2.2m to Kendal area

A Cumbria Tourism report into the economic impact in 2011 put it at around £2.2million. Credit: ITV Border

Kendal is getting ready to host its 15th Mountain Festival.

It's the biggest outdoor festival of it's kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors, putting the Lake District on the map for outdoor culture.

Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce anticipates this year's festival will bring something in the region of £1.9million to the local economy. A Cumbria Tourism report into the economic impact in 2011 put it at around £2.2million.

But the impact of the festival is likely to be felt long after the weekend is over. The Festival brings new visitors to South Cumbria and tourism providers believe they tell their friends and family and that brings visitors in all year round.

Some believe that Kendal has carved a niche for itself in hosting festivals like this, especially in the winter months when tourism dies down.

Kendal prepares for 15th Mountain Festival

Credit: ITV Border

Kendal's getting ready to host it's 15th Mountain Festival. It's one of the biggest events in South Cumbria - bringing in tens of thousands of visitors, spending around £1.9 million pounds in the local economy.

"If you took it away - if you said right, 'next year there isn't going to be a mountain film festival' - I think you would see a considerable drop, it would probably be somewhere in the region of £1500 over the course of the weekend, that may not be filled at that time of year with anything else."

– Hilary Claxton Beech House B&B

Santa visits Kendal for Xmas light switch-on

Credit: Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on

Santa, Elsa and Anna (from the Disney film Frozen) were just a few of the many visitors that attended the Christmas light switch-on in Kendal on Sunday (16th November).

Festive stalls, live music and the traditional reindeer sleigh procession entertained the crowds. A Santa Dash also raised £1000 for charity.

Click here to visit the Kendal Christmas lights switch-on Facebook page.

Credit: Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on
Credit: Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on

Car damaged 6 times - Police release CCTV image

Police want to speak to this person in connection with the incident in Kendal. Credit: Cumbria Police

Investigations are continuing into reoccuring car damage in Kendal.

The latest damage occurred to a car parked on Acre Moss Lane, believed to be at around 6am on Monday 27th October.

According to police, the suspect walked up to the car from the direction of Mossghyll and slashed all four tyres. He then left the scene after he was shouted at by the owner of the vehicle.

The owner of the vehicle, a Volkswagen Passat, alleges that this is the sixth time that it has been damaged.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with these incidents. Anyone who recognises the person should contact Cumbria Police.

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