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Record numbers expected at Westmorland Show

Crowds at the Westmorland Show Credit: ITV Border

Record numbers of animals and trade stands are expected at today's Westmorland Show near Kendal.

The show is celebrating its 215th year, having started in 1799. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the event, which features the best of the area's livestock and traditional activities like Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

The celebrity chef Phil Vickery will be carrying out a demonstration in the food tent.

The show was officially opened by Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes.

More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the 215th show Credit: ITV Border

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Westmorland show drivers asked to use junction 35

Drivers travelling north on the M6 to the Westmorland County Show are being asked to leave the motorway at junction 35 to ease congestion.

Thousands of people are expected to go to the show which is held at Lane Farm at Crooklands in Kendal.

Police are reporting a lot of congestion on roads that follow off junction 36 as well as queuing on the M6 approaching the junction.

Westmorland Show congestion to clog roads

Drivers are to expect congestion during the Westmorland County Show Credit: PA

Drivers are being warned about congestion ahead of the Westmorland County Show.

The show which is held at Lane Farm at Crooklands, Kendal, takes place on Thursday 11th September and police are expecting roads to be heavily congested as thousands of people travel to the event.

Police are also asking that drivers follow the signs to the show and not follow a sat-nav route. Instead, it's advised that drivers travelling north on the M6 leave the motorway at junction 35 then follow signs to the show.

Man identified following fatal fire in Windermere

Two people, who died in a fire in Windermere, have been named by police as Andrew William Telford Coates and Polly Sarah Connor.

Andrew, 41, of Buttermere Drive in Kendal and Polly, aged 46 of Sepulchre Road in Kendal, were killed when a shed containing fireworks caught fire in Ecclerigg. It's believed they were technicians for a professional firework company, hired for a wedding party on August 30th.

Although police say they are not treating the fire as suspicious, they are working with the Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies to establish the circumstances.

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Ukraine couple seek safety in Kendal

A woman from Cumbria who set up a foster home in Ukraine 12 years ago has welcomed two of its adoptive parents to Kendal for two weeks of respite.

Genesis House was set up with the help of donations from the people of Cumbria. Refugee children are continuing to seek shelter there as the situation in war torn Ukraine worsens. Amy Welch reports.

£75 fine for dog mess

Dog owners could receive a fine for not picking up their dog's mess Credit: PA

Dog owners in Kendal are being warned to clean up after their pets of face fines.

Police officers and council enforcement officers will be able to hand out fines of £75 to anyone that doesn't tidy up their dog's mess.

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