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WATCH: Richard Madeley revisits his time living in Cumbria

Richard Madeley started his career in television at Border nearly 40 years ago, and today he's been back in Cumbria to promote his new career as a novelist.

His latest book is set in the Lake District in the hot summer of 1976.

ITV Border's Matthew Taylor went to meet him.

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Richard Madeley reminisces about his time in Cumbria

The television presenter and former ITV Border reporter Richard Madeley is in our region promoting his latest novel.

Richard Madeley's first television job was on Lookaround nearly 40 years ago, before he became a household name presenting This Morning.

He has based his new work of fiction, 'The Night Book', on his time living in Cumbria during the heatwave of 1976:

I just remember this experience as a young Londoner, an Essex Eastend boy, of falling in love with the Lakes. Just falling in love with the Lake District. I'd never been here before the weather was so incredible it was like being in the Italian Lakes. Windermere was like Como. I remember the Carlisle evening news headline Windermere warmer than the Med. The Lakes heated up in a superheated summer. It was almost a magical time for me.

– Richard Madeley

Man 'critical' after Kirkstone Pass crash

Kirkstone Pass Credit: Google Maps

A man is critically ill in hospital after a crash on Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District.

The Great North Air Ambulance were called out at 5.30pm yesterday (Friday, June 17th) after a 29-year-old man from Newcastle fell from his bike.

He was put in an induced coma and flown to Preston where his condition was described as 'critical'.

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Floods Minister: 'Lake District is open for business'

Rory Stewart was at the ceremony. Credit: ITV Border

Floods Minister and local MP Rory Stewart says the re-opening of the A591 shows that Cumbria is very much "open for business".

The major Lake District route had been closed since the Storm Desmond floods on 5 December.

But the MP for Penrith and the Border says there's plenty more work to do, with a £10 million flood defence repair programme underway.

The work to open the A591 early shows how we are standing firmly behind communities hit by December's flooding with investment in infrastructure, new flood defences and promoting the region across the world. I am delighted Highways England has managed to do this at such high quality in very difficult circumstances.

We are showing the country, and the world, that Cumbria and the Lake District are back open for business.

– Rory Stewart, Floods Minister
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