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Businesses prepare for a busy bank holiday weekend

The Lake District is expected to be a busy place over the bank holiday Credit: ITV Border

Businesses and hotels are gearing up for a busy Bank Holiday weekend.

It's the last one before Christmas and while schools in Scotland have already gone back, pupils in England are still on holiday. It's expected families will take advantage of the final break before the October holidays.

Tourism bosses in the Lake District say hotel room bookings and the number of visitors at attractions are up on 2013.

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Fracking 'highly unlikely' in the Lake District

The government has announced today that fracking is highly unlikely ever to be allowed in the Lake District.

The news has been welcomed by groups including Friends of the Lake District who say it will bring clarity to planning laws.

Fracking is the controversial method used to extract underground shale gas. The government has now opened the bidding process for new licences in areas where fracking will be allowed.

Lake District farm providing eggs for major firms

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company provide eggs for McDonalds Credit: ITV News Border

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company began just 18 years ago, with 200 chickens.

Now it produces two million eggs every year and supplies to major firms like Saindbury's, Tesco and McDonalds.

Despite growing considerably in size owners Helen and David Brasstheir's main ethos of animal welfare and traceability still stands.

Helen and David Brasstheir are owners of The Lakes Free Range Egg Company Credit: ITV News Border

Every egg is printed with a unique code, which means when you type it into their website you can find out lot of information about where it's come from.

The company employs 75 people at their main headquarters near Penrith, and around 100 more throughout the farms they collect from.

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