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Council could move to former Co-op in Penrith

The former Co-op office in Penrith. Credit: ITV Border

Penrith's former Co-op building could be converted into a council headquarters.

Eden District Council is considering moving staff out of Mansion House and the Town Hall and relocating them under one roof.

Local people are being asked for their views on whether the council should make an offer to buy the former Co-op site on Burrowgate.

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Painting by 19th century Cumbrian artist goes on display

A £30,000 painting by the 19th century artist, Jacob Thompson, has gone on display for the first time in his native Cumbria.

'The Druids Cutting Mistletoe' was bought by Penrith Museum. It features a stone circle known as 'Long Meg and Her Daughters', which is situated outside the town.

The £30,000 painting by 19th century Cumbrian artist, Jacob Thompson Credit: Penrith and Eden Museum

In September 2013, we had an email from Amsterdam in which a private vendor was offering it for sale.

It's been a long process of valuation and ultimately of getting the picture restored but it's wonderful to have this icon of Cumbrian culture back in the area."

– Sydney Chapman, Curator at Penrith Museum

Woman airlifted to hospital from 'Born Survivor' event

A woman was airlifted to hospital after she sustained suspected back injuries during the Born Survivor event in Penrith today.

The woman, believed to be aged between 31 and 40, was taking part in the event at Lowther Park.

She was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with possible serious back and pelvis injuries.

Doctors say she is currently in a stable condition.

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Marmalade Festival gets underway in Dalemain & Penrith

Paddington Bear at the Marmalade Awards Credit: ITV Border

The 11th World's Original Marmalade Festival has begun and it is spread across three venues for the first time.

There are events this weekend at Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens, Penrith town centre and the Rheged Centre, featuring children's craft, cookery, film and storytelling activities, food and craft markets, Paddington Bear appearances, marmalade talks and question time, chef demonstrations.

"I am thrilled that the awards have grown so much over the years and have been followed by so many loyal supporters that we have been able to expand into other locations. Dalemain is proud to be able to share the festival across other venues so marmalade can be celebrated even more in 2016. There is a glorious Orange Glow spreading over Cumbria with the International Marmalade competition at Dalemain and a remarkable festival in three locations."

– Organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh of Dalemain

Over 2000 competition marmalades will be on display but the one everyone will want to taste is the one of the world's most expensive marmalades.

"We are proud to be part of such a prestigious event as the World's Original Marmalade Festival and we have had a lot of fun designing a programme of marmalade inspired events, which we are sure our visitors will enjoy"

– Claire Logan-Stephens Head of Visitor Engagement at Rheged

A free 'Orange Express' shuttle bus is operating between the venues throughout the weekend.

If children bring their teddy to Penrith town centre, they can experience the teddy zip wire from the top of St Andrew's church.

"We are delighted that the festival has expanded into Penrith Town centre and we are really looking forward to welcoming everyone over the weekend. This is a free event and there will be a fantastic atmosphere with plenty going on to entertain the whole family and make it a great day out for all. We also hope this will give Penrith a boost after the floods"

– Peter Ward of Penrith Partnership
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