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Kendal Festival of Food begins

Kendal's Festival of Food gets underway today as the town aims to bounce back from the effect of flooding in December last year.

Festival organisers say they want to top last year when 23,000 people visited generating £1.6m for the local economy.

This year there will be 80 stalls showcasing the best of Cumbrian food and produce.

Guest chefs Nick Nairns, who was the youngest Scottish chef to win a a Michelin star, and celebrity Northern Irish chef Paul Rankin will be demonstrating their skills and passing on cooking tips and recipes..

Tomorrow marks the 100th day since the floods that devastated parts of Cumbria including Kendal.

The Kendal Festival of Food is on today and tomorrow.

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Woman hit by several cars and killed on the A590

A woman has been killed crossing the A590 near Kendal.

Cumbria Police said the woman had been hit by several cars at 7:30pm last night, March 1, outside the Heaves Hotel, Leven near Kendal.

She was in the east-bound lane and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen two people walking next to the road at that time.

Tour of Britain 'will boost business in South Lakeland'

Stage Two of the Tour of Britain. Credit: Tour of Britain

The return of the Tour of Britain to South Lakeland will boost businesses in the area, according to one of the local MPs.

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and leader of the Liberal Democrats, has welcomed news that Stage Two of the Tour will pass from Carlisle down to Kendal:

This is exciting news for South Lakeland, which will provide a boost to the local tourist industry and showcase the beauty of our area to an audience from across the globe. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the area and will create a real buzz.

Following the devastating floods which have hit our area, and others in Cumbria, this is a great opportunity to show that we are open for business. My thanks go to all those who have worked to bring the Tour of Britain to South Lakeland.”

– Tim Farron MP

The Tour also passed through South Lakeland in September 2013, when it brought an estimated £4.1 million into the local economy, and some 15,000 supporters to the streets of Kendal.

Kendal traders: 'The Bridge is Back'

Traders in Kendal have launched a campaign to get people shopping in the town again now that Victoria Bridge has reopened.

Posters declaring 'The Bridge is Back' are being displayed by shops that say trade has been badly affected during the month or so since the floods in December closed the bridge.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports:

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Man charged in connection with Kendal robbery

Castle Stores Credit: ITV News

A Kendal man has been charged in connection with an attempted robbery in Kendal on Wednesday February 10.

Levi Dixon, 27, of Broad Ing Crescent, was charged with attempted robbery following the incident at Castle Stores.

He was also charged with Possessing a bladed article in a public place.

He has also been charged with three fraud offences relating to three fraudulent applications to the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund, possession of controlled drugs, an offence of theft and an offence of attempted theft.

Victoria Bridge in Kendal re-opens

Victoria Bridge in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border

Victoria Bridge in Kendal has re-opened, according to the county council.

The foundations of the major bridge over the River Kent were damaged by flooding in December 2015, and it has been closed since January 13th.

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