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Professional performance 'good way to build confidence' for pupils

A school in South Cumbria has devised a ballet that will be performed in a professional theatre.

Pupils at the Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale are getting ready to perform their version of 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster.

It is the first state school in the country to have a professional dance company.

One of the pupils involved said it will be a great way to boost the performers' confidence:

Professional performance for student dancers

A South Cumbrian school has devised a contemporary ballet that's so good it's to be performed in a professional theatre.

Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale are the first to have pupils perform a contemporary ballet professionally and will perform at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster.

Some of the dancers who will perform at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster Credit: ITV Border

To interest theatres in their work they've had to form their own professional youth dance company called The Curious Dance Company. It's the brain-child of dance teacher and choreographer Jasper Marriott.

The school hopes being part of this will add something different to the children's CVs in an increasingly competitive field for jobs and further education.

They've formed their own professional youth dance company called The Curious Dance Company Credit: ITV Border


Appeal after string of unusual thefts

Police are appealing for information after a spate of several unusual thefts in the Kirkby Lonsdale and Carnforth area.

Two stone-carved acorn gateposts are among the missing items Credit: Cumbria Police

Two distinctive antique intricate stone-carved acorn gateposts were stolen from the entrance to a property in the Fairbank area of Kirkby Lonsdale on Saturday 26 October.

An urn was stolen over the weekend Credit: Cumbria Police

Two large vintage garden urns and an antique sundial were also stolen from a front garden in the Fairbank area on the same day.

The sundial was stolen on Saturday Credit: Cumbria Police
A close-up of the missing sundial Credit: Cumbria Police

Two further thefts were reported on 28 October - one near Fairbank, where a four foot concrete lion water feature has been stolen from a front garden sometime in the last few days, and the second in Lupton, Carnforth.

Two antique grey sandstone balls were reported stolen from the end of a driveway.

Water warning to tombstoners

Sizzling temperatures have brought warnings about the dangers of diving into rivers or swimming in lakes in Cumbria.

A 21-year-old man from Essex died on Sunday after being rescued from Coniston Water.

Since the heatwave began this week, youngsters have been diving 30 feet from the Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale.

It is a craze called tombstoning and last year 22-year-old Darrell Teale from Greater Manchester died after jumping from the same bridge.

Sergeant John Stephens says that Cumbria Police is working to prevent such accidents happening again:


Prince Charles visits Cumbria

The Prince of Wales Credit: PA

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is visiting Cumbria today.

Prince Charles will be visiting the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale where he will tour the market and local shops, before meeting stall holders, shopkeepers and locals.

He will also pay a visit to St Mary's Church in the town, which dates back to the 12th century.

Dead man named

Cumbria police have confirmed the name of the man who died after jumping into the River Lune as 22 year old Darrell Teal from Manchester.

Police were called to the incident in Kirkby Lonsdale after reports that a man had failed to resurface after jumping off the town's Devils Bridge.

The fire and rescue service, local mountain rescue team and specialists from the underwater police diving unit were at the scene.

Mr Teal's body was found just before midnight a short distance downstream from the bridge.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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