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Duke of Lancaster's Regiment awarded Freedom of Maryport

Band leads Duke of Lancaster's parade through Maryport Credit: ITV Border

Crowds lined the streets of Maryport today as more than a hundred soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marched through to be awarded the freedom of the town.

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment recruits from across the North West of England including Cumbria and the 1st Battalion is currently based at Catterick in North Yorkshire.

The parade got underway at 11.45am following a private service at St Mary’s Parish Church and gave the people of Maryport the chance to show their appreciation for the regiment that has historic ties with Cumbria going back centuries.

School children line the streets to cheer the troops Credit: ITV Border
Troops march through Maryport Credit: ITV Border
Soldiers on parade in Maryport Credit: ITV Border

WATCH: Primary pupils learn about dementia

Children in west Cumbria are learning how to cope, when grandparents or other relatives develop memory loss as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

Pupils at Maryport Church of England School gained a hands-on approach to learning how memory works - and how it can be stimulated. The aim is to help them understand what an older family member could be going through. Matthew Taylor reports.

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Firefighters continue to tackle 'major timber blaze' near Maryport

The fire at Risehow Industrial Estate Credit: Stephen Longstaff

Ten fire engines battled a blaze at a timber yard in Flimby throughout the night.

Despite the wind creating difficult conditions, the flames at Risehow Industrial Estate are now said to be under control .

Crews were called to the scene at 5.16pm yesterday, where they found fire in a stack of timber.

It was spreading fast through several thousand tonnes of bark chippings.

This morning, four fire engines, along with other Fire and Rescue resources, remain at the site and are continuing to tackle the fire.

Ten fire engines were called to tackle the blaze Credit: Stephen Longstaff

Laptops worth £15,000 stolen from Maryport school

Thirty laptops were taken from the school. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thirty laptops, worth around £15,000, have been stolen from a school in Maryport.

The burglary occurred at the Our Lady and St Patricks Catholic Primary School on Ennerdale Road, at approximately 2.15am on March 10.

The offender forced entry into the school before taking the laptops, and setting off an alarm.

“This burglary has caused great upset for the school as the laptops are an important tool in the education of the children that go there. We call on members of the community to help us with this investigation and pass on any information they may have.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who is offered a laptop at a price suspiciously lower than its value.”

– Detective Sergeant George Atkinson, West Cumbria CID

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The mystery machine on Maryport beach

It's a blustery day at Maryport, where our reporter's meeting one of the men behind a four-metre high power generator that has been installed there.

You can see the full story on this evening's programme.

Making waves at Maryport

The C-Cell is being tested at Maryport. Credit: University of Cumbria

Maryport's shoreline has an unusual new addition: an electricity-generating machine.

The C-Cell is a four-metre high curved paddle.

It's been installed by local company MPM North West Ltd, funded by the Renewable Energy Test and Education Centre at the University of Cumbria.

They claim it could double the energy which can currently be captured from ocean waves

Gold Anchors for Cumbrian marina

Maryport Harbour and Marina, situated at the mouth of the Solway Estuary on the Cumbrian coast Credit: ITV News Border

Maryport's become the first marina in Cumbria to be awarded Gold Anchors.

The Gold Anchor Scheme's been going for more than twenty five years, and it recognises harbours that meet industry demands and take care of their customers.

Maryport Harbour got three anchors, meaning it provides convenient access to a fuel service, and has clear pollution and fire safety plans.

Maryport fish plant confirms closure

64 jobs will be lost with the closure of Brookside Products Limited Credit: ITV Border

Brookside Products Limited, in Maryport, has confirmed it will close.

The company, which smokes, prepares and packages salmon for the retail market, is said to have lost £4 million in the last three years. 64 jobs will be lost.

"The 30 day consultation period has passed and whilst initially there seemed to be a reasonable level of interest in the facility, discussions with interested parties have now come to an end and no formal offers have been received. We have explored all the options and there seems to be no viable alternatives. Sadly, this means the facility will now close.

We are very sorry we will have to close the factory but we have no alternative given the substantial losses in recent years. This is a sad day for us all.”

– Doug Aitchison, Director of Brookside Products
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