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Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale among best place to live in UK

Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale have made it into the 101 best places to live in the UK.

Kendal is the second best in the North West according to the Sunday Times which praised its proximity to two national parks, shopping and community spirit.

Kirkby Lonsdale was the third best in the North West. Both were beaten to the top spot by Skipton.

Success for school's debut ballet performance

On Friday we brought you the story of a school in South Cumbria which devised a contemporary ballet so good they were performing it at professional theatre at the weekend.

Well, we can report, that the Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale's performance of 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' went down a storm, at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster.

Fiona Marley Paterson was there.

Performance success for Cumbrian students' ballet

Queen Elizabeth School students have performed their contemporary ballet at a professional theatre in Lancaster Credit: ITV Border

Students from a Cumbrian school have performed their own contemporary ballet at a professional theatre in Lancaster.

Two years ago, Queen Elizabeth School formed their own dance company and became the first state school to perform a contemporary ballet professionally.

The students were involved in all aspects of the performance Credit: ITV Border

Dance Teacher Jasper Marriott discovered that theatres wouldn't hire their performance unless they were a professional company, so that's what he did.

It's hoped the performance will look good on the students' university applications Credit: ITV Border

The school's Head of Theatre Arts, Lee Fleming, feels that competition for University places and jobs in the Arts is tough and students need something different to make them stand out.

Cumbrian students perform ballet at professional theatre

Queen Elizabeth School students have performed their contemporary ballet at a professional theatre in Lancaster.

Two years ago the school became the first state school to perform a contemporary ballet professionally after forming their own dance company.

Dance Teacher, Jasper Marriott, discovered that theatres wouldn't hire their performance unless they were a professional company, so that's what he did.

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