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On-call firefighters needed in Lazonby

The team need more on-call firefighters. Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is looking to recruit on-call staff at its Lazonby station, near Penrith.

The be eligible for the roles, candidates need to live or work within five minutes of the station.

Communities turn out in force for Tour of Britain in Cumbria

Thousands of people have turned out to watch the country's most prestigious cycling race in Cumbria.

Youngsters at a primary school in Lazonby enjoyed an active day in honour of the cyclists passing through their village. Not a bad way to spend the first day back at school!

Kim Inglis spent the day time with them:

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Watch: Lazonby fire cuts protest

Villagers in Lazonby have been protesting this afternoon at the County Council's plans to cut its fire station, and retained fire fighters.

The council says it's facing huge budget cuts and has no choice but many people raised their voices today to tell them they should think again.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

Fire cuts campaigners march in Lazonby

Lazonby Fire Station is facing closure Credit: ITV News Border

Campaigners resisting Cumbria County Council's plans to close five fire stations are preparing to march in Lazonby this afternoon.

They have until 22nd January to persuade the council to scrap the plans to close Lazonby, Arnside, Frizington, Staveley and Walney fire stations.

Council says it has no choice but to find savings due to reduction in funding from Government and adequate cover can be provided from other nearby fire stations

2,700 people have signed a petition so far against the plan. It will be followed by a campaign night with music at the village hall.

"These are extremely tough and challenging times. The cuts we have already made have been achieved by internal reshaping and the reduction of the workforce from 10,000 in 2012 to 7,000 now through voluntary redundancy and reduction in the number of managers. It is anticipated that this will further reduce to 5,200 by 2018.

"In 2017/18 and 2018/19 we will need to save another £37 million. We can only make these savings by changing the way we deliver services and by reduce non-statutory services.

"That is why this year we are focusing our public consultation on our draft council plan, new priorities and a set of new strategies to radically change the way we deliver services. All of which will help us achieve the level of savings required as a result of this government's cuts.

"We have a legal duty to balance our books and we must live within our means. The journey ahead will be difficult but rather than sitting back bemoaning our fate we are actively embracing the change and taking control of our future."

– Cllr Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council's Deputy Leader

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Fire crew: floods show station shouldn't be closed

The fire service played a vital role in the recovery. Credit: ITV Border

Crews from a fire station that could be closed say their work rescuing people from the floods highlights how vital they are to the community.

Cumbria County Council has published plans to close Lazonby fire station in a bid to cut costs.

The village's crews worked round the clock last week to help those trapped by flooding.

Locals brave the rain to celebrate pool's birthday

People of all ages were at the pool to celebrate it's birthday Credit: ITV News Border

Swimmers of all ages braved the rain to help celebrate Lazonby Swimming Pool's 50th birthday.

The pool, which was opened in 1964, is run entirely by the local community.

The pool even has it's very own birthday cake Credit: ITV News Border

To celebrate it's golden anniversary events have been held all weekend.

The pool was blessed earlier this morning, Sunday 15 June, by the local vicar.

The rain didn't put of these young swimmers Credit: ITV News Border
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