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Carlisle celebrates Nepalese festival

Nepalese traditional dancing Credit: ITV News Border

A colourful festival featuring Nepalese food and traditional dancing has been taking place in Carlisle.

Hosted by the city's female members of the Nepalese Association, the event celebrated the annual Teej Festival which sees women dress in red.

"This festival actually helps us to preserve our culture even though we are thousands of miles from Nepal. It's for our young ones so they can learn what the festival is and what we do back home."

– Deepa Phagami, Carlisle Nepalese Association
The Festival brought Nepal's culture to Carlisle Credit: ITV News Border


WATCH: Cumbrian climber attempts extreme triathlon for Nepal

An expedition leader who was on Mount Everest when the earthquake struck Nepal in April is taking on an extreme challenge to try to raise money for some of the victims' families.

Three Nepalese members of Tim Mosedale's team were killed when the earthquake triggered an avalanche at the mountain's base camp.

Tim Backshall reports.

Cumbrian climber attempts extreme triathlon for Nepal

Tim Mosedale leads expeditions up Everest in Nepal Credit: Tim Mosedale

A Cumbrian climber who was leading an expedition on Everest when the earthquakes hit Nepal in April is training to complete 3 extreme sports challenges in the Lake District back to back to raise money for the rebuilding of the country.

Tim Mosedale is training for 50 days to attempt to swim Derwent Water and back, cycle the Fred Whitton route then run the Bob Graham Round in 48 hours, an extreme triathlon.

The swim is 4.5Km each way, the cycle is a grueling 112 miles over 6 Lakeland passes and the run is a 66-mile ultra marathon taking in 42 peaks and 27,000ft ascent and descent.

Tim will attempt to cycle the Fred Whitton route. Credit: Tim Mosedale

Film-maker raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

Rescue workers clear debris from a collapsed house in the ancient city of Bhaktapur Credit: Reuters

A former University of Cumbria student who won top prize at the Katmandu International Mountain Film Festival for her documentary about a Nepalese boy living in the UK is now selling her film to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

Laxcha Bantawa has so far raised £2,000 and hopes to fund 25 shelters for people made homeless by the earthquakes earlier this year.


UK investigators to assist Nepal authorities into crash probe

Air accident investigators from the UK are heading to Nepal to investigate the plane crash which killed seven Britons yesterday.

45-year-old Darren Kelly from the village of Isle of Whithorn in southern Galloway died alongside his brother Vincent Kelly in the crash.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said today it was sending two staff to Kathmandu to assist local authorities probing the disaster, which killed all 19 people on the aircraft shortly after take-off from the capital city's airport.

The British group, who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday, were due to begin trekking in the Himalayas yesterday.

Five Chinese people, three Nepalese passengers and four crew members were also killed, with reports suggesting the accident was caused by a bird strike.

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