Penrith library has teamed up with a local business owner to offer an innovative temporary solution to a problem with its lift.
Disabled library users or families with pushchairs faced access problems as the lift to the first-floor library is temporarily out of action. So the Soup Shop opposite the library entrance in the Devonshire Arcade has steamed in with a solution, offering a temporary service from its café.
A selection of books will be offered in the Soup Shop from today (Friday 27 February) and library staff will be on hand to register new customers or fetch items on request. Penrith library will be open for business as usual for people using the stairs.
“This is a great example of how we work with people in the local area to find solutions. We are very grateful to Soup Shop owner Paul Forsyth for his help in ensuring everyone can still have access to the books they love and need. I hope people take the opportunity to enjoy a snack while they peruse our products too.”
Controversial plans for a budget hotel in the centre of Penrith have been approved by Eden planners.
A Premier Inn will be built in the New Squares area of the town, despite some bed and breakfast owners opposing the idea.
But Planners said they were likely to turn down an application for a petrol station, close to the new hotel. The final decision is will be made at a later meeting.
More than 1,000 runners have taken part in Penrith Park Run since it began 12 months ago, clocking up 16,070km between them.
The event takes place every Saturday at 9am at the Frenchfield Sports Centre.
Race Director Ian Parker says:
Local runners of all ages and abilities have really embraced the parkrun concept; we have a fantastic turnout every week, whatever the weather! It has been an exciting and rewarding journey to reach the milestone of the events 1st Birthday, this achievement would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of the many volunteers who generously give up their time to help set up the course and marshal the event.
Work has started on a music therapy centre in Cumbria to help people with profound disabilities.
The Sunbeams Music Trust has raised more than £2 million in the county for the centre. The first piece of turf has been cut at the site near Penrith.
See Tim Backshall's full report below.
There are currently traffic delays on the A66 Skirsgill Roundabout at Penrith, near Junction 40.
This is due to a lorry which has lost part of its load on the eastbound carriageway.
The road is not fully blocked, however delays are to be expected in the area.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.
Police have confirmed that the body found at King Street, Penrith, last week is that of Anthony David Francis McAtear.
The 56-year-old was from Thompson Court, Penrith.
His body was found on Friday by a member of the public.
There are no suspicious circumstances regarding his death and the Coroner has been informed.
A man's body was found today, January 30 at King Street in Penrith by a member of the public.
The death is not believed to be suspicious at this time.
Enquires are ongoing; more to follow.
Hannah McNulty reports on the Cumbrian firm that have provided the tomb and flooring that will surround the remains of King Richard III when they are reburied.
Pictures of Richard III excavation courtesy of the University of Leicester. Artist's impression courtesy of van Heyningen and Haward Architects
A Cumbrian Stone company has built the tomb and flooring that the remains of King Richard III will be reburied in.
It's one of a list of connections the ancient monarch has to Cumbria.
Before he took the crown, he resided at the Penrith castle for periods between 1471 and 1485, while he held the position of sheriff of Cumberland.
His role was to secure the county against the Scots and keep rival local families under control.
Richard carried out alterations at the castle, transforming it into a suitable residence.
After Richard became king, the castle remained Crown property, but it was not used again as a permanent residence.
St Andrews Church in Penrith has begun dismantling its organ for restoration.
Each part of the organ will be restored at a total cost of around £110,000.
The organ, which is more than 100 years old, should be back in use by the summer.