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Fire, masquerade and music

Almost 12,000 people descended on Penrith to celebrate the town's Winter Droving last weekend.

The event celebrates all things rural and the annual parade through the town features fire, lanterns, masquerade and music.

The festival is a celebration of the Cumbrian town and its age old role as the market town.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.


Penrith lights up during Winter Droving Festival

People in costume join the parade Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people lined the streets of Penrith this weekend to enjoy a colourful spectacle of lights, music and revelry.

The Winter Droving Festival which is now in its 3rd year, has quickly become a popular fixture on the local calendar and last night it drew 10 thousand people to the town.

The event is also a chance for traders to showcase Cumbrian produce and what the Eden valley has to offer.

Thousands line the street to watch Credit: ITV Border
The parade is a colourful spectacle Credit: ITV Border

Penrith man wins prestigious photography award

A man from Cumbria has won the title 'Landscape Photographer of the Year'.

Mark Littlejohn, from Penrith, beat thousands of others to win £10,000 with the image 'a Beginning and an End'. The photo captures a small stream among the Glencoe mountains in Scotland.

Click here to see the winning photograph.

Mark joined Pam and Ian in the studio to talk about his photography.

Penrith man wins UK landscape photography award

'A Beginning and an End' Credit: Mark Littlejohn Photography

A photographer from Cumbria has won the prestigious 'Landscape Photographer of the Year' award.

Mark Littlejohn, from Penrith, beat thousands of photographs of UK landscapes to win the top £10,000 prize in the competition by 'Take a View'.

The winning image, titled 'a Beginning and an End' captured a small stream among the Glencoe mountains in Scotland.

Read: Best pictures of stunning UK landscapes win top photography award

Colin Bell from Cheshire came runner up in the Classic View category with a photograph from Cumbria titled 'A Sense of Belonging, Crummock, Trees'.

Images from the competition will be featured in the book, Landscape Photographer of the Year - Collection 8, by AA Publishing. View more of the pictures from the competition by clicking here.

'A Sense of Belonging, Crummock, Trees, Cumbria'. Credit: Colin Bell, Lake Moments Photography

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A66 safety improvements considered

There have been 31 accidents in the past five years on this stretch of the A66. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of Cumbria's most dangerous stretches of road could be in line for safety improvements.

The Highways Agency is reviewing the A66 between Appleby-in-Westmorland and Brough, because there have been 31 accidents there in the past five years.

Between 2009 and 2013 11 people suffered serious injuries, and 31 were the victim of minor injuries.

Local people and drivers are invited to a public meeting at Brough Memorial Hall on Thursday 13 November.

They'll be able to put questions to the Highways Agency, and suggest improvements they think should be made.

“The section of the A66 between Appleby and Brough is a single carriageway with quite a few bends and hills.

“We’re encouraging as many people as possible for come and see us at Brough Memorial Hall on Thursday 13 November so we can find out about concerns and hear suggestions for improvements.

"We’ll then use the feedback we receive as part of our study into safety on the A66.”

– Jonathan Reade, Project Manager at the Highways Agency
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