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Royal Embroiderer visits Kendal tapestries

The American tapestry tells the story of its British discovery Credit: ITV news Border

The royal embroiderer who made the Magna Carta tapestries will officially open the exhibition in Kendal today (Monday).

They've been made to celebrate the eight hundredth anniversary of the Magna Carta sealing.

The intricate works have come to Quaker Tapestry Museum before anywhere else in the north.

Magna Carta Tapestries: In Pictures

The 15th June 2015 will be the Magna Carta's 800th birthday Credit: ITV Border

The Magna Carta tapestries are on display in Kendal's Quaker Tapestry Museum.

8 of the 12 tapestries are on display in Kendal Credit: ITV Border
The textures and intricacies of the work are highly skilled Credit: ITV Border

They were designed by the Royal Embroiderer.

They tel the story of the Commonwealth countires Credit: ITV Border

Kendal is the first place in the North to get them.

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Magna Carta Tapestry exhibition opens in Kendal

The Magna Carta will be 800-years old next year. Credit: Kendal Quaker Tapestry Museum

Tapestries that have been made to commemorate the 800th anniversary of signing of the Magna Carta have been put on display in Kendal.

The 12 tapestries have been sewn by Royal embroiderer Rhoda Nevins and 8 of them are on display in Kendal's Quaker Tapestry Museum from 1 November to 29th November.

The Magna Carta was signed on 15th June 2015 by King John, limiting the powers of kings and queens to protect the people's liberties. It is one of the most important documents in Britain and the Commonwealth.

The rest of the tapestries will be finished by May in preparation for celebrations with the Queen in June.

"It is lovely to have eight of the twelve tapestries here as well as Rhoda Nevins to talk about them at the launch event. The 'tapestries' as we call them are actually embroidered panels made in a similar style to the museum's own 77 Quaker Tapestry panels. The panels produced by Rhoda and her team are beautifully done and this exhibition presents a rare opportunity for people in the North of England to see them at a local venue."

– Bridget Guest, Museum Manager

New Hutton road in Kendal closed following collision

Police are warning people to avoid New Hutton road in Kendal following a road traffic collision.

Emergency Services are dealing with the one vehicle traffic collision which involved a Toyota Yaris, driven by a male. The vehicle has left the road and gone down a bank.

Police were called at 11.15am today following the collision.

All motorists are being asked to use alternative routes.

KAPOW... A comic knockout in Kendal

Some of the biggest names in comic books will be in the Lake District this weekend, as Kendal hosts the second International Comic Art Festival.

From the town hall to the library, shop windows and pubs, much of the town's joining in with the festival and that's proving a big boost to Kendal's economy.

Fiona Marley Paterson has more.

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Batman flag raised over Kendal for Comic Festival

Comic Arts Festival starts today Credit: ITV News Border

Now in its second year, Kendal's become the place to be for comic artists.

It's the only one of its kind in England so it draws thousands of people from all over the country - and the world - to the Lake District town at a time of year when the tourism season needs a boost.

Most B&Bs have been booked out for months and shop owners have been busy inviting artists to dress their windows as pop-up art galleries.

There are installations and talks all around town, with a Tardis in the library and a batcave in Ruskins bar. The Town Hall's flag has been replaced with a Batman flag.

Batman flag raised Credit: ITV News Border

Empty shop figures in Kendal lowest for years

South Lakeland’s biggest high street is in Kendal, where 437 shops were surveyed earlier this month. Credit: South Lakeland District Council

New figures released by South Lakeland District Council show the level of empty shops in Kendal is at its lowest for six years.

The percentage of shop units in the town that are presently vacant is 9.97%, the first time the rate has been below 10% since 2008.

South Lakeland’s biggest high street is in Kendal, where 437 shops were surveyed earlier this month. There were 43 shops classed as empty in Kendal according to the most recent figures, down 11 from the 54 vacant shops recorded in September 2013 when the rate of empty units was 12.41%.

There is also an encouraging picture in Ulverston, where the rate of 8.28% empty shops is the lowest in the town since April 2012. The September figures show there are 14 empty shop units in Ulverston.

In Windermere five shop units are empty, a rate of 4.16%, which is the lowest rate recorded this year. It is a similar situation in Bowness where the rate of 7.38% is also the lowest rate so far this year, with five more shop units occupied since June.

The new quarterly figures do show that empty shops have increased in Ambleside to 14, up from 13 at the start of the year, and there is one extra empty shop unit in Milnthorpe and two additional empty shops in Kirkby Lonsdale compared to the June 2014 figures. In Grange the number of empty units has remained the same at three.

The national average for shop vacancy rates is 13.5% and the North West average is 16.9%. All areas of South Lakeland are below that national average figure and the overall average for South Lakeland is 7.3%.

Empty shop numbers are collected every quarter by the Economy and Assets team at South Lakeland District Council in Kendal, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale, Ambleside, Windermere, Bowness and now Kirkby Lonsdale, Grange and Milnthorpe.

“It is positive to see the levels of empty shops in some areas is returning to pre-recession levels, but while the headline figures look good there is still a lot more to do to help the independent retailers."

– Giles Archibald, Councillor
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