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Two local films showcased at Keswick Film Fest

34 films are set to be showcased at this year's Keswick Film Festival, which is currently underway.

It's the 15th time the event has taken place.

Organisers hope this is the year it will break even as the event usually runs at a loss.

Two of the films were made locally.

The Raven on the Jetty was filmed in Ullswater using a Cumbrian cast and crew. The role of the Raven was played by Cadge, a raven from the Silverband Falconry in Kirkby Thore.

Lad: A Yorkshire Story was shot on the Yorkshire Dales by a filmmaker from Windermere, Dan Hartley. Three of the main characters were played by local actors.


Everest sized challenge for Keswick pensioner

Lots of us have been inspired by the performance of the athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

But a pensioner from Keswick has achieved a major ambition on snow, skiing the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest in a day.

Martin Jordan who turns eighty next month, actually managed to ski over 12,000 metres, one and a half times the height of Everest to raise money for Keswick's Theatre by the Lake.

Kim Inglis reports.

National Trust is searching for volunteers

The National Trust is looking for volunteers to sell the Lake District to visitors.

Two open days have been organised in Cockermouth and Kewsick so volunteers can find more about how they can share their skills, or learn new ones, with the National Trust.

"I love chatting to people and sharing a laugh, so volunteering is fantastic as I meet people from all over the world. I also get to work surrounded by lovely cakes and the best scones in Cumbria- or so we're told every day.

"Wordsworth House and Garden is such a special place, I'd definitely recommend volunteering."

– Helen Graves, cafĂ© volunteer at Wordsworth House and Garden

"Whether it's guided tours in some brilliant outdoor places, sharing a love of history or helping us organise inspiring events, we'd be delighted to talk to you."

– Jessie Binns, Visitor Experience Officer, based in Keswick


Big birthday for the Alhambra cinema

The Alhambra cinema in Keswick is celebrating its 100th birthday today.

Films from each decade will be shown all week - including The Clouded Yellow - which features the Lake District.

The cinema was saved from closure two years ago and is now run by one man.

He has written to Helen Mirren, who starred in 'The Queen', asking her to send a telegram.

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